Welcome to the Convict Landscapes mapping portal. This project aims to locate the many places that male and female convicts were incarcerated and laboured across Australia between 1788-1868. This portal takes you to the mapping for Van Diemen’s Land (modern Tasmania).
With this map you will be able to locate Tasmania’s convict places across time and space. Each place has been defined according to its type (road gang, probation station, female factory etc), as well as the main agencies responsible for its budget and administration. We have provided an indication of the level of confidence in the mapping, so you know if the place has been accurately located. The progress of the road network has also been mapped.
For those who want to work with the data in their own mapping programmes, it is available to download from the University of New England research repository.
This work is the result of two projects: Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77 - funded by the Australian Research Council (DP170103642, 2017-20) – and Dr Richard Tuffin’s University of New England Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020-22). Also incorporated into the data is research by John Dent and Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.
For instructions on using the map click here for a PDF download, or click on the Help icon on the toolbar.
For a guide to the fields and references, click here for a PDF download, or click on the icon on the toolbar.
Tuffin, R., Gibbs, M., 2020, Convict Landscapes: Locating Australia's Convicts, 1788-1868 – Van Diemen’s Land, www.convictlandscapes.com.au/VDL, University of New England, https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/29322, DOI: 10.25952/5f449b94d3e1f
As with all research, this is a work in progress. If you have questions or suggested changes, please contact Dr Richard Tuffin at firstname.lastname@example.org