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1840s NZ Through Australian Convict Records


During the mid-1800s, over one hundred people (which included 6 Maori and 1 woman) were transported from New Zealand to the penal colony in Van Dieman’s Land (Tasmania).

Who were they and where did they originate from? What crimes were they accused of? Were they of ‘good character’ and what did they look like?

In this talk, author and lecturer Kristyn Harman explains how convict records can answer these questions and reveal what life was like for the working classes in early colonial New Zealand.

Recorded on 24 March 2021.

Book available from Auckland Libraries

Image: Book cover Cleansing the colony: Transporting convicts from New Zealand to Van Dieman’s Land.



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