Copy of a Despatch from Lieut.-Governor Sir John Franklin, to Lord Glenelg… relative to the present system of Convict Discipline in Van Diemen's Land. Sir John FRANKLIN.
Copy of a Despatch from Lieut.-Governor Sir John Franklin, to Lord Glenelg… relative to the present system of Convict Discipline in Van Diemen's Land.

Copy of a Despatch…
Copy of a Despatch from Lieut.-Governor Sir John Franklin, to Lord Glenelg… relative to the present system of Convict Discipline in Van Diemen's Land.

London: by order of Parliament, 1838.

Tall quarto, fine in an attractive red crushed morocco binding by Sangorski, spine in raised bands with gilt lettering.

George Arthur's system scrutinised by Franklin

Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land. The document was issued at the beginning of Franklin's rule, and amasses information relating to the system created by the Governor George Arthur (whose regulations are here printed over 11 pages). Accordingly, it is a benchmark publication for the convict history of Tasmania. It includes testimonials and documents submitted by most of the major players in the penal system, including men who later became bitter enemies of the new Governor. The report incorporates an evaluation of convict discipline by Captain Alexander Maconochie who travelled from Britain to serve as Franklin's private secretary. Although dismissed in 1838, Maconochie later served as Superintendent of Norfolk Island and is regarded as the most enlightened penal reformer working in Australia during the transportation era.

Detailed report on convict management prepared shortly after the arrival of Governor Sir John Franklin in Van Diemen's Land. The document was issued at the beginning of Franklin's rule, and amasses information relating to the system created by the Governor George Arthur (whose regulations are here printed over 11 pages). Accordingly, it is a benchmark publication for the convict history of Tasmania. It includes testimonials and documents submitted by most of the major players in the penal system, including men who later became bitter enemies of the new Governor. The report incorporates an evaluation of convict discipline by Captain Alexander Maconochie who travelled from Britain to serve as Franklin's private secretary. Although dismissed in 1838, Maconochie later served as Superintendent of Norfolk Island and is regarded as the most enlightened penal reformer working in Australia during the transportation era.

The lengthy appendices to this volume are a goldmine of detailed biographical and statistical information for the year 1837, detailing pardons, tickets of leave, the sentencing of recidivist convicts and much more.

Ferguson, 2505.

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