Head Tells Tales – The Life and Times of Rodney, a Convict Transport Vessel Wrecked at Kenn Reefs, Coral Sea

Author(s): Irini A Malliaros; James Hunter

Year: 2018

Summary

Archival research, in conjunction with data obtained from a collaborative expedition to Kenn Reefs, Australian Coral Sea Territory, undertaken by the Silentworld Foundation and Australian National Maritime Museum, has revealed the likely wreck site of mid-19th century convict transport vessel, Rodney. Over its lifetime Rodney transported hundreds of convicts and government passengers (free settlers) to Australia.  It was one of many privately-owned ships that undertook this work. However, these vessels did not only provide a means of physical, human transportation, they also carried the culture and ideas of the individuals concerned. They became the links between the ports of the British Empire globally, and ultimately facilitated the development of Australia into the modern, multicultural place it is today. The paper focuses on this concept through the lens of a single ship as a representative example.

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Head Tells Tales – The Life and Times of Rodney, a Convict Transport Vessel Wrecked at Kenn Reefs, Coral Sea. Irini A Malliaros, James Hunter. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441554)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: 112.952; min lat: -43.648 ; max long: 153.606; max lat: -10.71 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 705