[Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]
Charles brings Liam some bread but only agrees to bring boots if Liam agrees to help him finish the fence. Liam tells Charles the story of how he ended up as a convict and of his dreams for the future.
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Convicts transported to the colonies of Australia experienced many hardships, including inadequate clothing. Shortages in the supply of penal uniforms made it hard for governors of New South Wales to regulate convict dress and as a result it was often hard to distinguish convicts from free working settlers. Socks were in such short supply that convicts - and soldiers - devised 'toe-rags' to ease the discomfort of state-issued shoes made without distinguishing between the right or left foot. No wonder the escaped convict Liam is so keen to get a pair of boots from Charles!
Student Activity Sheet H20.3: Convict clothing
In this clip, the escaped convict, Liam, dreams of a life farming land beyond the Blue Mountains. The fate of convicts, after they had served their term or been pardoned, was a controversial issue in the early days of settlement. Such convicts were known as 'emancipists' and not all members of the colony agreed on whether this group of ex-convicts should be allowed to hold land, or indeed whether they should be readmitted into society. Some influential landholders and military officers, known as the 'exclusives', thought that emancipated convicts were a disruptive element with no place in polite society. Others, including Governor Macquarie, believed that the emancipists could be rehabilitated and had an important role to play in the future prosperity of the colony.
Student Activity Sheet H20.4: The emancipist debate