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Early VIC & TAS interest group
Saturday, 02 November 2019, 10:00
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We would like to extend a warm welcome to the general FHC membership to join us on 2nd November

Venue:  Blackburn RSL, Diggers Way (entrance off the IGA supermarket carpark in South Parade, Blackburn).

Special guest speaker is Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from University of Tasmania. His talk is titled:

“Digitising the Convict Archive: Opportunities, Lessons and Challenges”

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a professor of history at the University of Tasmania. In recent years he has led an initiative to digitise the Tasmanian convict archive in order to assess the impact of convict transportation on life course and intergenerational outcomes. He also teaches in both the BA and the University of Tasmania’s highly successful Diploma of Family History.

Unlocking insights from one of the World’s greatest archives

'These records are one of the world's great archives, listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.  It is an incredible privilege to work with them', Hamish said.

The convict archives will provide enough research topics for Professor Maxwell-Stewart's entire career and beyond.

His research has found that there is a direct link between the experiences of your ancestors and your health, such as:

  • Why solitary confinement decreased people’s life expectancy and how that could inform current debates about prison reform and the impact of institutionalisation.
  • That children of convicts were taller than other colonially born children.