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Crime, Punishment and Redemption: A Convict's Story
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June Slee
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Crime, Punishment and Redemption: A Convict's Story

June Slee


National Library of Aust.

Australasian & Pacific history;
Colonialism & imperialism


216 pages

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John Ward, writing whilst incarcerated on Norfolk Island, tells a story of thwarted love that led him to a life of crime: including theft, sexual assault and more. In telling the candid story of his downfall he exposes his own ruthlessness and lack of empathy.

This book is an insight into the criminal mind, ably examined by author June Slee. It is a glimpse into 19th-century aristocratic life - dress, food, pastimes and prejudices - from a servant's perspective. And it is a unique record, perhaps the only extant diary ever written during the Australian penal era whilst its convict writer was imprisoned. Plus, Ward records a particular moment in our history: not only life aboard prison hulks which he describes in detail but also the timing of his arrival in Sydney when convicts were no longer being accepted; he was sent straight to Norfolk Island where we get a fascinating insight into the rule of Captain Alexander Maconochie. Moconochie believed in a system of improvement for convicts based on a marks system for good behaviour rather than humiliating punishment. In this way, Ward gained access to writing materials for his diary.

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By:   June Slee
Imprint:   National Library of Aust.
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 220mm, 
Weight:   931g
ISBN:   9780642278456
ISBN 10:   0642278458
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   October 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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