Ghosts of sorrow, sin and crime: dark tourism and convict heritage in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia

Casella, Eleanor Conlin and Fennelly, Katherine (2016) Ghosts of sorrow, sin and crime: dark tourism and convict heritage in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20 (3). pp. 506-520. ISSN 1092-7697

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Abstract

Established as a British imperial penal colony, Van Diemen’s Land received approximately 75,000 convicts before cessation of convict transportation in 1853. A vast network of penal stations and institutions were created to accommodate, employ, administer, and discipline these exiled felons. Popular interpretations of Australia’s convict past highlight dynamics of shame, avoidance and active obliteration that characterized Australia’s relationship to its recent convict past. Yet, closer examination of these colonial institutions suggests a far more ambivalent relationship with this “dark heritage,” evidenced by continuous tourism and visitation to these places of pain and shame from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Keywords:Institutions, Dark tourism, Colonial institutions, Australia, colonial archaeology, JCOpen
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V261 Australian History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:25862
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 15:19

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