From prison hulks to penalties and sentences in Queensland: lessons learned or history repeated?

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Mackenzie, Geraldine. 2005. "From prison hulks to penalties and sentences in Queensland: lessons learned or history repeated?" Queensland Lawyer. 25 (4), pp. 181-192.
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From prison hulks to penalties and sentences in Queensland: lessons learned or history repeated?

ERA Journal ID36803
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AuthorMackenzie, Geraldine
Journal TitleQueensland Lawyer
Journal Citation25 (4), pp. 181-192
Number of Pages12
Year2005
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISSN0312-1658
Abstract

Understanding the history of crime and punishment allows a better contextual knowledge of current issues in sentencing. This article explores the background to modem sentencing law in Queensland, looking at the history of punishment in Britain, in particular what led to transportation, and Queensland's history of crime and punishment as a colony. It argues that the harsh beginnings of Queensland as a penal colony were significant in the development of criminal law in that State. A number of underlying themes recur, including law and order concerns and prison overcrowding, which have not abated in modern times.

KeywordsQueensland legal history; history of punishment; transportation; Queensland colony
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480504. Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
430302. Australian history
480499. Law in context not elsewhere classified
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