An Introduction to Crime & Punishment


  • Lorne Walker-Nolan Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)



Australian colonisation, convict colony, Indigenous displacement, Indigenous genocide, re-evaluation of the past


Few scholars of Australian history need reminding that Colonial Australia began as a British  prison. The detrimental effect these origins had, and arguably still have, on Indigenous Australia is unambiguous. The extent to which this brutal background shaped the modern nation merits re-evaluation. In this issue of Coolabah, we aim to extrapolate and explore the links stretching from the First Fleet, and assess how much of a role this past plays in the building of the modern Australian nation.

Author Biography

Lorne Walker-Nolan, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Lorne Walker-Nolan was a prosecution lawyer for the Northern Territory, Victorian and Australian governments. He now lectures at ESADE School of Law, Universitat Abat Oliba, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is a member of the University of Barcelona’s Centre for Australian and Transnational Studies, and has guest-edited this Coolabah issue 29.