Punishment and profit : the reports of Commissioner Bigge on the colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, 1822-1823; their origins, nature and significance
The Treasury and the Home Office criticized the transportation system in New South Wales and influenced the Colonial Office, in 1817, to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into that colony. Impressed with Bigge’s career in Trinidad, in 1818 Bathurst chose him to be the commissioner. In the months before his departure from England, he received a clear indication of the trend of public opinion on the penal settlements. He knew that the expense should be reduced; he knew, too, that there were...[Show more]
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