Exploring 'Amentia' in the Tasmanian Convict System, 1824-1890

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Several examples are presented to highlight how the Tasmanian convict system handled the condition of intellectual disability or 'amentia' of its inmates during 1824-1890. It is observed that men and women with the condition were treated differently, and the ambiguous overlap of the medical and convict systems invariably led to lifelong incarceration of convicts with 'amentia'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-152
JournalTasmanian Historical Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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