Report from the Select Committee on Secondary Punishments: together with the Minutes of Evidence, an Appendix of Papers, and an Index [for 1831 & 1832]. CONVICTS, TRANSPORTATION.

Report from the Select Committee on Secondary Punishments [for 1831 & 1832].
Report from the Select Committee on Secondary Punishments: together with the Minutes of Evidence, an Appendix of Papers, and an Index [for 1831 & 1832].

London: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, 27 September 1831 & 22 June 1832.

Folio, the two reports bound together, 177pp. and 162pp. respectively; in a newat modern binding of half brown calf, spine lettered in gilt.

With expert witnesses James Busby and Elizabeth Fry

Two important reports on "secondary punishments", the additional punishments meted out to repeat offenders already within the prison system (most famously within the Australian context Norfolk Island and Port Arthur). As a matter of course the reports include significant notice of transportation, inland settlement, the granting of land, and also relations with Aborigines.

Two important reports on "secondary punishments", the additional punishments meted out to repeat offenders already within the prison system (most famously within the Australian context Norfolk Island and Port Arthur). As a matter of course the reports include significant notice of transportation, inland settlement, the granting of land, and also relations with Aborigines.

The 1831 report includes printed interviews with any number of prominent settlers, notably the Sydney merchants James and William Walker, the vigneron and author James Busby, the Bigge-inspired coloniser Thomas Potter Macqueen, the South Australian promoter Edward Gibbon Wakefield, and Edward Macarthur (the son of John who spent a great deal of time in England). The report concludes with a fascinating overview of conditions experienced by the convicts in the 1820s, with some interesting discussions of the subject.

The 1832 companion report follows directly on, and it is valuable to have the two together. It begins with notice of the pressing urgency of further investigation and reform, before presenting its own series of interviews, including a repeat performance by Busby. If anything, the new witnesses are an even more interesting lot, including the botanist Allan Cunningham and the magistrate John Stephen. For the first time several people involved with the prison hulks were called in, and even some prisoners were allowed to speak, including a remarkable interview with one "A.B." who had been confined on the Hulk Retribution at Sheerness for six years awaiting transportation. The report is also significant for an early printing of a substantial interview with Elizabeth Fry, the Quaker reformer.

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