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  • Title
    Norfolk Island convict papers, ca. 1842-1867
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DLMS 102
    DLMSQ 168
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1842-1867
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    MicrofilmRefer to Contents for location numbers
  • Physical Description
    1 volume (288 p.) and 1 box (10 items) - 39 cm. - manuscript

    The author of 'The Ironed Gang' based on the boxed items appears to be Evans. He ascribes the collection of the original manuscripts by the convicts to Dr. Aquinas Reid, of whom no public record has been located. Dr. James Reid was appointed Colonial Assistant Surgeon at Longridge Gaol, Norfolk Island in 1840 and was reprimanded by Captain Maconochie with the endorsement of Surgeon Graham for being too lenient to the prisoners.

    The convict authors of the items in DLMSQ 168 may have been writing under pseudonyms in some cases although James Porter appears in the records. There is a number of Jones' and Davies'; but no George Palmer, Mansfield Bilverthorpe or Bushelle has been traced. Daniel may be either a Christian or surname.
  • Scope and Content
    DLMS 102 (Request Microfilm: CY 3587, frames 1-304)

    DLMSQ 168
    Items 1-10 (Request Microfilm: CY 2754, frames 1-436)
    Item 1 (Request Microfilm: CY 1865, frames 1-48)
    Items 6, 10 (Request Microfilm: CY 1417B, frames 1-97; 98-131)
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952
  • Finding Aids
    Contents list available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room -
  • Description source

    Information transferred from Dixson Manuscript Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2011-2012.
  • General note

    Identification of Bushelle is recorded in notes at DLMSQ 168n
    Transcription of, and notes on, the narratives of Davies, Porter and Jones by Ian Brand are filed at DLMSQ 168n.
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