Further Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline and Transportation…. Lieutenant-Governor Sir William DENISON.
Further Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline and Transportation…
Further Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline and Transportation…

Further Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline…
Further Correspondence on the Subject of Convict Discipline and Transportation…

London: William Clowes and Sons for HMSO, February, 1849.

Tall quarto, with a large folding plate; overall a good copy in understated modern polished half calf, front wrapper bound in at rear.

The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly before the demise of transportation to New South Wales (1850) and Van Diemen's Land (1852). The report includes a remarkable large folding hand-coloured plate detailing a portable shelter for 'detached working parties' in Van Diemen's Land. This structure of wooden slats and canvas sheeting could be folded down and loaded to a horse-drawn cart, that is depicted.

The continuation of the previous report: this Parliamentary report on the state of convict management was printed shortly before the demise of transportation to New South Wales (1850) and Van Diemen's Land (1852). The report includes a remarkable large folding hand-coloured plate detailing a portable shelter for 'detached working parties' in Van Diemen's Land. This structure of wooden slats and canvas sheeting could be folded down and loaded to a horse-drawn cart, that is depicted.
The report primarily consists of correspondence between the Governor's of the Australian Colonies and Earl Grey, the British Secretary of State. Given the relatively large number of convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land in the 1840s a good portion of the material comprises despatches from Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Denison. By the time of the publication of this report in 1849, transportation to Western Australia remained the only viable long-term option. Importantly, the proposal was welcomed by the business community, landowners and other agricultural interests who urgently required convict labour to alleviate poor economic conditions. Under the title 'Formation of a Penal Establishment' the report contains resolutions of a public meeting of about 200 persons 'who are all strong advocates, under existing circumstances, for making this a penal settlement.'
The mood in the eastern states was markedly different. New South Wales was on the verge of abolition and public sentiment was strongly expressed. Although the despatches from Tasmania reflect the system in demise, the large number of remaining convicts ensured a continuation of institutions such as the Port Arthur penitentiary and existing practices such as the government road gangs.
Although the vast majority of the report is devoted to the Australian colonies, despatches from New Zealand, Gibraltar and Bermuda are of incidental interest.

Ferguson, 5050.

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