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An Archaeology of Institutional Confinement

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Table of Contents

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Preamble1. Introduction
2. The underfloor assemblage of the Hyde Park Barracks
3. Charity and immigration in 19th-century NSW
4. The workings of an institution
5. Daily life in the asylum
6. Private lives
7. The archaeology of 19th-century institutions
Appendix 1: institutional occupants of the Hyde Park Barracks
Appendix 2: inmates from the Destitute Asylum
Appendix 3: artefact fragment counts from excavated deposits in level 1 of the main building and peripheral areas

About the Author

Peter Davies is a research assistant in the Department of Archaeology, Environment and Community Planning at La Trobe University.Penny Crook is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Environment and Community Planning at La Trobe University.Tim Murray is Charles La Trobe Professor of Archaeology and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University.


'Drawing on an exceptional collection of archaeological materials recovered from the interior of the standing Barracks building, Davies et al. trace a narrative that details the operation of the asylum and extends into the intersecting lives of migrants and their keepers alike. The identities and experiences of this diverse population materialise in a collection of well-preserved artefacts - from fragments of large-print texts, carved bone sewing tools and children's toys, to individually labelled dispensary bottles that corroborate the documentary record.'

-- Linnea Kuglitsch * Post-Medieval Archaeology *

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