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Winner of the 2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Beautifully produced and richly detailed account of the lives of convicts in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Includes a glossary, index and bibliography. Colour illustrations include cutaways and other perspectives on a range of buildings and boats.  A large book (41 x 29cm); excellent for poring over detailed text and images.


Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of the newly established colony.

Simon Barnard's A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.

And the spectacular illustrations, each one carefully drawn in meticulous detail from contemporary records, bring this extraordinary history to life.


About the Author

Simon Barnard was born and grew up in Launceston. He spent a lot of time in the bush as a boy, which led to an interest in Tasmanian history. He is an illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts. He now lives in Melbourne with his girlfriend and a little dog.


ISBN: 9781922079343
ISBN-10: 1922079340
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 24th September 2014
Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 40.7 x 29.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 1.21

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land By Simon Barnard

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