Tasmania and the ‘Ideal’ Asylum
If South Australia, a free colony, was to struggle to realize the provisions required by the ‘ideal’ asylum models of John Conolly and later asylum reformers, what then was to be the fate of the insane in Tasmania where a portion of the colonists were convicts serving out their sentences in Australia and not the prisons of England? This question leads to other important questions such as did the social and class based judgments about the perceived inmates of the lunatic asylum affect the type of buildings provided and the treatment regime undertaken? Was the treatment of the convicts more punitive? South Australia had provided purpose-built asylums for its colonists; did Tasmania provide similar institutions for its convict population? Were there separate institutions for convicts and free colonists?
KeywordsRoyal Commission Dine Room Moral Treatment Lunatic Asylum Work Room
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