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Convict bastards, common-law unions, and shotgun weddings: Premarital conceptions and ex-nuptial births in ninteenth-century Tasmania

Kippen, Rebecca; Gunn, Peter


This article uses reconstituted family data from birth, death, and marriage registers to measure ex-nuptial fertility and premarital pregnancies in nineteenth-century Tasmania. It also examines the extent to which convict origins of European society on the island caused a departure from English norms of family formation behavior, during a period when men greatly outnumbered women. Illegitimacy was high during the convict period. From the mid-1850s, after the convict system collapsed, levels of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Family History: Studies in family, kinship and demography
DOI: 10.1177/0363199011412720


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