Exploring the impact of solitary confinement on the health and well-being of the 72,500 convicts transported to Australia between 1817 and 1853.
The project links the detailed life course histories for male and female convicts to psychiatric admission data for Tasmanian 19th century institutions.
This enables the project team to evaluate the impact of different types of punishment on life expectancy and subsequent rates of institutionalisation.
The project constitutes the largest longitudinal survey of the impact of solitary confinement on well-being ever undertaken. It's results aim to inform policy as well as increasing on-line access to Australia's UNESCO Memory of the World registered convict records.