Courses & Units

Convicts in Context HAA105



Actual Dates: 11 May - 3 Jul 2020.


In this unit you will learn a range of techniques that will help you to recover information about convict ancestors transported to the Australian penal colonies. Drawing on an extensive database of 1.5 million records, you will learn how to place individual convict lives within a relevant wider context. This will enable you to understand more fully the circumstances that shaped the lives of your ancestors. Topics will include how to make sense of information about occupation, height, age, and literacy; how to analyse tattoos and scar patterns; and to situate life outcomes within the context of the wider factors that shaped the development of Australian colonial society. The unit has a particular focus on Van Diemen's Land with some attention also being given to other Australian convict sites.


Unit name Convicts in Context
Unit code HAA105
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Teaching staff

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school (early) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school (early) 18/5/2020 27/5/2020 8/6/2020 28/6/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100705

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HAA007 Convict Ancestors



Teaching Pattern

Fully online


4 online quizzes (40%), transcription exercise (20%), 1,000-word essay (40%).

Final grade will be pass or fail.

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