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Destitute women and smoking at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia

Author(s): Peter Davies

Year: 2011

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The Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, Australia, was established in 1819 to accommodate male convicts, but in later years the building served as a depot for immigrant women (1848-86) and as an asylum for destitute women (1862-86). The occupation of the latter group in particular resulted in the loss of large numbers of clay tobacco pipes under the floorboards. The quantity and distribution of the pipes is used here to examine smoking behavior among the destitute female inmates, and to assess their relationships with each other and the institution in which they were confined.

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Destitute women and smoking at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia. Peter Davies. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. 15 (1): 82-101. 2011 ( tDAR id: 426765)


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1848 to 1886

Spatial Coverage

min long: 151.199; min lat: -33.882 ; max long: 151.22; max lat: -33.852 ;

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