‘Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land’

Congratulations to AHA member Kristyn Harman on the publication of her book, which offers insights into penal servitude in Van Diemen’s Land through the lived experiences of the men and sole woman transported there as convicts from New Zealand. Whether Māori men serving time for political infractions, white-collar criminals, labourers, vagrants or the soldiers sent to fight the empire’s wars, their experiences reveal something about the way in which the British Empire sought to discipline, punish and reform those who trespassed against it. Kristyn has also recently published an article on the subject in The Conversation, titled ‘Soldiers, Thieves, Māori Warriors: The NZ Convicts sent to Australia’.

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