The Lake Innes Estate: privilege and servitude in nineteenth century Australia
Transportation of over 160,000 convicts to Australia during the period 1788-1868 provided unfree labour for both government and private projects. Prisoners involved in the latter were known as 'assigned servants' and carried out a variety of work for their 'masters'. In spite of accusations at the time from critics of the system, they were not slaves. Not only did they retain rights under the law but most of them eventually became free members of society. In the process they worked for both...[Show more]
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