Criminal Transport: George Barrington and the Colonial Cure


Examines the representation of criminality and convicts in the work of George Barrington and argues that his stunningly successful Voyage to Botany Bay (1795) is a significant response to the popular anxiety that convicts are carriers of social contamination and physical disease, at a time when the implicit association was made between criminals and colonial subjects, who needed to be physically segregated from Britain in order to maintain the stability of the domestic order.

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Published 1 May 2002 in Volume 20 No. 3. Subjects: British politics, Colonisation of Australia, Convict transportation, Convicts, Criminals, Writer's recognition & popularity.

Cite as: Benis, Toby R.. ‘Criminal Transport: George Barrington and the Colonial Cure.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2002, doi: 10.20314/als.2679225f87.