7 days

Convicts and Emigrants early settlement of Tasmania

We all know that Australia began as a convict colony. However, this course will provide a greater understanding of the decision to settle ‘the great south land’. The course will focus on the specific case of Tasmania and its similarities and differences from the ‘mainland’. Local and national historians share  new work being undertaken on the early White settlement of Tasmania.

Do we really understand the reasons Great Britain decided to send convicts to the antipodes? Was it just shoveling offenders out of crowded gaols in England, Ireland and Scotland or was something else going on in the global world of the British Empire?

Classroom discussions and field trips

As a small group we will visit settlement sites and see them through the eyes of those who have spent years unravelling the unique nature of the most remote settlement in the Empire. In the classroom, in-depth understanding of the stories of convicts who were transported is shared with the group. We also learn about emigrants who freely chose to come to Tasmania. During the week, this small group learns that the reality of these fascinating lives go much deeper than the frequently depicted mad, bad and depraved caricature of criminals.

We will visit Port Arthur and the Female Factory at Cascades, sing some local ballads, and together discover a fresh perspective on Australian history.

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Develop a greater understanding of the reasons why Great Britain sent convicts to this far-flung part of the world.
Gain an introduction to the leaders of government and society in the early days of the colony.
Learn more about the nature, character and history of convicts sent to Tasmania.
Gain insight into the life of the women convicts in Van Diemen’s Land.
Take a closer look at the people from Great Britain and Ireland who freely chose to emigrate to our State.

Overview: The tour will begin with a welcome reception and dinner.

Overview: We will begin our study with a general overview of the colonisation of Australia, particularly Tasmania. We enjoy a background lecture on the reasons why the Australian colonies were established, as well as visiting the Penitentiary Chapel and Old Gaol, followed by the Cascades Female Factory.

Overview: Our study continues this morning with a lecture on Point Puer. Afterwards, we enjoy an extensive tour of Port Arthur. with a classroom lecture and/or field trip to explore convicts and emigrants in Tasmania.

Overview: This morning, we enjoy a guest lecture by Alison Alexander, on Maria Lord: Tasmania’s most successful woman convict. In the afternoon, we visit the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Overview: This morning, we enjoy a guest lecture by Tony Marshall. Afterwards, we take a tour of Richmond and Colebrook.

Overview: Today’s classes focus on the issue of free immigration. Who were the free settlers? We explore this question, with visits to Runnymede, the Theatre Royal, and Ancanthe. In the evening, we come together with other Summer School participants for a closing dinner.

Overview: The tour will end after breakfast.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 6 nights in full en suite accommodation in central Hobart.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return airfares to and from Hobart.
  • Airport transfers to/from your Hobart Hotel
  • Costs of a personal nature.

Odyssey Summer Schools map

Convicts and Emigrants
Colony Map of Tasmania
Port Arthur village historic site, a 19th-century penal settlement

Tour Reviews

February 1, 2018

David is extremely knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. He wasn’t rigid with the itinerary (times) as he wanted all the participants to enjoy and see what interested them the most. He did an excellent job.

February 1, 2018

Very knowledgeable coach drivers, courteous and friendly (as were they all) but Stuart bent over backwards to show us various landmarks around Hobart on our last day.

February 1, 2018

Our leader, David Daintree, did a fantastic job. He was able to impart his knowledge and keep an easy-going vibe to the course. Most enjoyable. The two guest speakers were great. As I was reading Alison Alexander’s book I was especially pleased to meet her and hear her talk on convicts in Tasmania.

February 1, 2018

It was my first time with Odyssey & I enjoyed it very much

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