Intergenerational Inequalities

An unusual feature of this project is that it will capture a large amount of intergenerational data including information on intergenerational offending. This is particularly true for Tasmania where the Police Gazettes reported on offenders tried in all levels of the colonial criminal justice systems. As we will link conviction data for the colonially born to birth, death and marriage registers, we will be able to place offenders within a household context enabling us to use information about parental occupation, location of birth, birth order and family size to explore the impact that familial circumstances had on offending patterns.

Using these techniques we will be able to map (socially and geographically) the frequency of colonial offending and reoffending across the population as a whole allowing the project team to gauge the degree to which the families of transported Londoners were able to escape the surveillant eye of the colonial establishment through spatial relocation and other means. The same techniques can be used to measure the rate of intergenerational social mobility charting contrasting outcomes for the descendants of convict and free migrants. In this way we will be able to use the digital data to explore some of the longer-term impacts, not only on individuals, but on family-chains stretching over a considerable period of time.