Prison is never nice, but the Victorian prison of Port Arthur in Van Diemen’s Land combined starvation, deprivation, desperation, and isolation. It was considered a hell on Earth. This episode covers:
- Intro & reviews.
- Guest podcast promo’s
- A vision of a better future.
- Reality check – isolation and mental health
- Narrowly avoiding prison
- The problems of institutionalisation
- Post release problems
- A modern inmate speaks out.
- Convict labour, exploitation capitalism, big companies, echos of slavery.
- The convict melting pot
- A dispossible labour force.
- Convicts and convict ancestors – image and identity in Australia.
- The unfortunate Hannah Herbert, an epitaph
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