Colonialism and its Aftermath

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Projects 2007

Convict Leg Irons

A large number of examples of nineteenth-century leg irons exist in public collections in Tasmania . Although these vary in style and weight, there has not been a formal study of restraint devices employed in the convict era. The successful candidate will be required to make an analysis of the different types, government markings and wear patterns in evidence on leg irons in the TMAG Collection and compare these with those held by the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. They will be expected to place their findings within the wider context of Tasmanian convict experience and to provide guidance on the future interpretation of these objects.

The Portable Convict Solitary Confinement Box / Separating Myth from Fact

One of the items currently on display in the convict gallery at TMAG is a portable solitary confinement box. It is popularly assumed that this was employed as a dunking device on outward bound convict vessels. The successful candidate will be required to place this object within a wider context by making a study of punishment practices on board convict transports. The candidate will also be expected to provide research for the cataloguing and future interpretation of the box.

Collecting Indigenous Artefacts in Tasmania

TMAG holds an extensive collection of Aboriginal artefacts and other associated materials. In both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many individuals and some families contributed to this collection. With the Tasmanian Aboriginal collection as the focal point, the purpose of the project is to provide an overview of the practice of collecting in Tasmania in either the nineteenth or twentieth century, including an exploration of the various motives behind the impetus to collect. In addition to an Honours thesis, it is hoped that this project might also reveal where some of the other Tasmanian collections have gone.

Greek Coins

TMAG holds one of the richest collections of ancient Greek coins in Australia . The successful candidate will be required to confirm the current catalogue information including the dating of the Greek coinage, source its mints and analyse its iconography with a view to examining the rise and fall of ancient empires. Special attention must be paid to the persistence of local traditions in Greece under the colonial conditions created by the successive empires of Alexander the Great. The candidate will also be expected to provide a guide to the Greek coin collections and  a strategy for the future interpretation of the collection.