A Place for Convicts: The Fremantle Lunatic Asylum

Author(s): Susan Piddock

Year: 2014


Western Australia began as a free colony but due to economic conditions and a shortage of labour decided to accept male convicts from Britain, becoming a penal colony in 1849. It was the responsibility of the British Parliament to provide for convicts suffering from mental illness. In this paper l will discuss the effect funding from half a world away had on provisions for the care of the insane in the form of the Freemantle Lunatic Asylum. I will highlight what life was like in the asylum using the ‘ideal asylum’ model l have developed, and used in my previous research on South Australia and Tasmania.

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A Place for Convicts: The Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. Susan Piddock. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436682)

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PaperId(s): SYM-12,07