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Vice in a vicious society : crime and the community in mid-nineteenth century New South Wales

Sturma, Michael


As a receptacle for British convicts, New South Wales was popularly portrayed as a 'vicious' society. Crime and vice were considered the inevitable concomitants of a transported 'criminal class' and convict 'contamination'. The following study, focussing on the mid-nineteenth century, argues that the impact of convictism on colonial crime and mores was greatly exaggerated. Official criminal statistics, reportage in the press, as well as other contemporary evidence, all present in some...[Show more]

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Date published: 1980
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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