The British Empire found transportation a convenient method of getting rid of criminals and continued it to Van Diemen's Land for fifty years, ruthlessly trying to crush increasing opposition to it by a determined majority of colonists. This talk describes their battle to rid themselves of British criminals and obtain self-government.
Alison Alexander is a well-known Tasmanian historian with many books to her name, her most recent being a biography of artist Max Angus. She won the National Biography Award in 2014 for her biography of Jane Franklin. She has been a member of THRA for decades and has held just about every position on the committee. She is currently the editor of THRA's Papers & Proceedings. Alison was made a Life Member of THRA in 2021.