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Convict tattoos : marked men and women of Australia / written and illustrated by Simon Barnard. [Variant title: Marked men and women of Australia]
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391.650994 BAR
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Includes bibliographical references (page 116) and index.
Contents: Body language -- Isaac Comer's yard -- The black books -- Tattoo surveillance -- Disappearing ink -- Seeing is believing -- The criminal code -- Tattoo origins -- Tattoo taxonomy -- The finer points -- Adam and Eve -- Anchor -- Beehive -- Britannia -- Broad arrow -- Crossed pipes -- Crucifix -- "D" for deserter -- Dots -- Dove -- Flowerpot -- Heart -- Letters and numbers -- Masonic arms -- Mermaid -- Pugilist -- Ring -- Seven stars -- Ship -- Skull and crossbones -- True-love knot -- "When this you see" -- Having the last word.
Year:
2016.
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Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company
Description:
120 pages : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, portraits ; 26 cm
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9781925240399;
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monograph
Abstract:
At least thirty-seven per cent of male convicts and fifteen per cent of female convicts were tattooed by the time they arrived in the penal colonies, making Australians quite possibly the world's most heavily tattooed English-speaking people of the nineteenth
century. Each convict's details, including their tattoos, were recorded when they disembarked, providing an extensive physical account of Australia's convict men and women. Simon Barnard has meticulously combed through those records to reveal a rich pictorial history. Convict Tattoos explores various aspects of tattooing - from the symbolism of tattoo motifs to inking methods, from their use as means of identification and control to expressions of individualism and defiance - providing a fascinating glimpse of the lives of the people behind the records.
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