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    Posted: 24-Jan-2014 at 03:45
Originally posted by Nick1986

Which town did the apprentice originally come from? Different variants have his birthplace as London, Brockton, Belfast, Dublin, Halstead, Barking and Hampshire


It happened in Belfast. Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) was a British Penal Colony to which a lot of Irish were transported.
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When Millbank prison was built in 1816, it was intended to reform prisoners rather than simply keep them isolated from society. However, due to overcrowding the prison became a holding pen for convicts transported to Australia. Conditions inside were unpleasant: there was flooding, disease and infestations of rats
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Mar-2012 at 19:49
Useful database of 19th century convict ships:
http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/grthom/web/adm101-ac.html
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Dec-2011 at 19:07

The cells of the convict ships were so small it was very difficult to lie down. Plus you'd be sharing this cramped space with other prisoners
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Nov-2011 at 19:41
Most criminals (being from the big industrialised cities) couldn't swim. If a prisoner jumped overboard he'd probably drown
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  Quote medenaywe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Nov-2011 at 00:50
Very rude pre ancestor of automotive car washing machine!British Empire have not wasted material and time:Old colonist's ships were used as prisons.Had they anchored on open sea,convicts would not be run away?
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To prevent disease convicts had their heads shaved and were given regular baths in freezing salt water all year round. This prisoner is being scrubbed with a yard brush
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