An Introduction to Crime & Punishment

Lorne Walker-Nolan


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.


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

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