Exiled - The Port Arthur Convict Photographs
The Port Arthur convict photographs are a truly remarkable survival from Australia’s colonial past.
Taken shortly before the infamous Tasmanian penal settlement closed for good, these images record the faces of men sent to Australia on convict ships between the 1820s and the 1850s. Now, for the first time, they are the subject of a fascinating new book from the National Library of Australia. Through its pages readers will come face to face with some of Australia’s reluctant pioneers and explore their often extraordinary lives.
Exiled: The Port Arthur Convict Photographs showcases some of these portraits and combines them with biographies of the men - and their female partners - based on transportation records, trial documents, official correspondence, prison files, local and overseas newspaper reports and eyewitness accounts. The result is a fascinating insight into an often misunderstood part of Australia's story, in which these reluctant pioneers become individuals born with strengths and weaknesses; who had hopes and dreams; celebrated victories and mourned tragedies; and made good decisions and bad. In short, they turn out to be men and women very much like ourselves.
Published October 2010
250mm x 220mm