The punishment of crime in Queensland 1860-1890

Lincoln, Ian (1966). The punishment of crime in Queensland 1860-1890 Honours Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Lincoln, Ian
Thesis Title The punishment of crime in Queensland 1860-1890
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1966
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Paul Crook
Total pages 245
Language eng
Subjects L
430101 History - Australian
Formatted abstract

Preoccupation with the convict era seems to have robbed Australian historians of an interest in the treatment of Australia's own criminals after transportation ceased. The punishment of crime has rarely been treated in detail, whether by sociologists, psychologists, or historians, not only in Queensland but in Australia as a whole. The writer of the present thesis therefore enters the field with diffidence, there being almost no measure, in the form of previous historical work, by which the aptness of the approach taken here can be judged. Nevertheless, it is felt that a study of the topic is needed, and considerable detail is included, at the risk of making the thesis cumbersome, in the hope of providing some kind of a basis for future work on the areas still left untouched.  

The frontispiece reflects the fact that the main focus of attention is the prison system and the attitudes surrounding it, though such issues as corporal punishment, capital punishment, and the treatment of juveniles are also considered. The period from 1860 to 1890 owes its significance to the fact that this was when the prison system was developed - not only in Queensland but in most parts of the world - as the major form of punishment, with an increasingly detailed definition of both the mechanics of the system and the theories behind it. All the same, by 1890 there were signs of the future trend away from imprisonment, and its modification by systems such as probation and parole, so that a history of the punishment of crime after 1890 would be concerned less with prisons and more with the impact of other methods of treatment ma de available by twentieth century social science………………

Keyword crime
prison system
history

Document type: Thesis
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