A Convict History: The Tale of Two Asylums

Susan Piddock

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Du Cunzo has argued that: ‘Every aspect of the environment that people have purposely shaped according to cultural plans comprises material culture’. Nineteenth century lunatic asylums in Australia which are the focus of this study are examples of buildings that are very much material culture in this context. In this study the buildings and their use (i.e. the rooms and spaces provided) form the material culture which can be examined to understand attitudes towards the insane, and in particular towards the convict insane of the penal colonies of Tasmania and Western Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuildings in Society
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Studies in the Historic Era
EditorsLiz Thomas, Jill Campbell
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherArchaeopress Archaeology
Pages 141-150
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781784918323
ISBN (Print) 9781784918316
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Archaeology
  • Buildings - history
  • Historic buildings
  • colonial Australia
  • Penal colony
  • Western Australia
  • Lunatic asylum
  • Tasmania


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