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CLIP 11052

Transportation to Australia, 1787

Transportation to Australia, 1787

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Key Info
  • Transportation to Australia, 1787
  • Duration: 02:56
  • The first criminal transportations to Australia began on 13 May 1787. This clip follows four transportees, who introduce themselves, discuss their 'crime' and reveal the length of their sentence. As a result of the American War of Independence, transportees were now taken to Australia. The convicts then reveal their differing fates in Austrlia.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: empire, Australia, punishment, transportation, 1787, convicts
Ideas for use in class
  • In the 19th century, was it fair or reasonable to convict a man or woman for what we would now call a trivial crime, and exile them to the other side of the world? Could cross link to citizenship.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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