Health and Disability in Convict Sydney
Between 1787 and 1868, Britain transported over 167,000 people as convicts to the Australian colonies, starting with New South Wales in the land of the Eora Nation. This system both secured new territory and relieved the overcrowded British prison system, and the health of prisoners was a constant concern.
This talk at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will use some of the immense volume of colonial administrative paperwork to illuminate experiences of individual prisoners with variable health and permanent disabilities. How did these factors affect their fates in the colonies? How did the British and colonial administrations respond?
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