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Dancing in Fetters: the culture of convict dance is a museum exhibition presenting the lost heritage of convict dance and music. It re-traces the origins of this largely unknown aspect of life in the early penal colony based on the … Continue reading

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Fuddling

…fuddling, fiddling, and dancing at the hour of 12 last night. reported by the police. Sydney Gazette 1827 In 1827, three people – Catharine Boyles (free), Thomas Fellowes (prisoner), and a musician (a convict with a ticket of leave) were … Continue reading

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Guildford 1820

Dancing on convict ships The surgeon recommends that convict ships should carry pipes and tabors so that convicts may dance to prevent them brooding on their misfortunes.1 The Guildford transported 190 convict men to the colony from England in 1820.  … Continue reading

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Surry 1816, 1819 and 1823

Dancing on convict ships Captain Thomas Raine had a liberal and  humanitarian approach to convicts in his care and encouraged dancing on his ships, recognising its physical, mental, and emotional benefits. As the Surry neared her destination, the prisoners were … Continue reading

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Broxbornebury 1814

Dancing on convict ships Jeffery Hart Bent travelled to the colony to become the first Supreme Court Judge of Australia and kept a diary of his journey on the Broxbornebury. On board was  Captain Thomas Pitcher Jnr, Surgeon Colin McLachlan, … Continue reading

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Speedy 1799

Dancing on convict ships Anna Josepha King, the wife of Governor Phillip Gidley King, kept a diary describing her voyage to the colony.  Beginning on the day she embarked, Tuesday 19th November 1799, through to her arrival in Port Jackson … Continue reading

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