Friday, 30 November 2012

TNA podcast - Morbidity and Mortality en route to Oz

The latest podcast from the National Archives at Kew sounds a bit of a cracker - Morbidity and mortality on convict voyages to 19th century Australia. It's a 40 minute talk from Hamish Maxwell-Stuart, described as follows:

Between 1803 and 1853 some 67,000 convicts were transported from England and Ireland to the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land, later renamed Tasmania. Using a detailed reconstruction of 278 voyages (82 carrying female convicts and 196 male) this talk explores the impact of trans-oceanic forced removal on the health and well being of these unwilling migrants.

To listen, visit http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/morbidity-and-mortality-on-convict-voyages-to-19th-century-australia/ or download from iTunes.

Chris

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