At its heart, a prison is the people. But what kind of people ended up in the hellish Port Arthur Prison in Van Diemen’s Land? Was it really just for the worst of the worst? Or was it a machine that simple chewed people up indiscriminately. How can we begin to understand it. Join me to walk a mile or two in a convicts shoe. The episode covers

  • Intro & reviews.
  • The cultural melting pot
  • A philosophy of civilisation?
  • Who were they, these desperado’s?
  • What is a historical prison?
  • The site and the barracks; evidence of the past & imaginations.
  • Prisoners; working for their own good and other people’s greed.
  • The transportation of civilisation.
  • Christian salvation was built into the land.
  • Christianity & criminal justice.

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