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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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Dancing in Fetters at the Redcliffe Museum

Dancing in fetters: the culture of convict dance Discover a completely different aspect of convict life. When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance, but dance was an integral part of everyday life and … Continue reading

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Daphne 1819

Dancing on convict ships. Music and dancing on deck in the evening. The Daphne transported 180 convicts from Ireland in 1819.  These men came from all over the country and had been held in the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, and … 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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