Convict-Era Port Arthur: Misery of the Deepest Dye

Author(s): David W. Cameron


Detailing the development of the prison and its outlying stations, including its dreaded coal mines and providing an account of the changing views to convict rehabilitation, Convict-era Port Arthurfocuses in on a number of individuals, telling the story through their eyes. Charles O'Hara Booth, a significant commandant of Port Arthur; Mark Jeffrey, a convict who became the grave digger on the Island of the Dead; and William Thompson, who arrived just as the new probation system started and who was forced to work in the treacherous coal mines.

Convict-era Port Arthurwill for the first time provide a comprehensive history of Port Arthur, its horrors and its changing role over a fifty-year period. In gripping detail, using the experiences and words of the convicts, soldiers and administrators who spent time there, David W. Cameron brings to life these deeply miserable days.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780143795100
  • : penguin random house
  • : Viking
  • : July 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 448
  • : David W. Cameron
  • : Paperback