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University of Tasmania
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Convict transportation,
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About Me

Kristyn Harman is an Associate Professor (Reader) in History in the School of Humanities who specialises in cross-cultural encounters across Britain’s nineteenth-century colonies, and twentieth-century Australasia. Her thematic interests cohere around socio-cultural frontiers, including: transportation to, and within, the British Empire’s penal colonies; frontier warfare; Indigenous incarceration; colonial domesticity; and the Australian and New Zealand home fronts during World War Two. She is also Academic Director, Curriculum Innovation and Digital Engagement for the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania.

Recent Publications

Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land, Otago University Press, 2017.

‘Other picture boards in Van Diemen’s Land: The recovery of lost illustrations of frontier violence and relationships’, Aboriginal History, Vol. 41, pp. 3-21, 2017.

‘The Sausage Seller’s Tale’, Flash Histories, New Zealand Journal of Public History, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, p. 45.

‘The Coiner’s Tale’, Flash Histories, New Zealand Journal of Public History, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, p. 46.

‘Hōhepa Te Umuroa’s Invented ‘Wife’ Te Rai: Crossing the Line Between Historical Fiction and Fact’, Tasmanian Historical Studies, Vol. 21, 2016, pp. 85-98.

‘“Murder will out”: Intimacy, Violence, and the Snow Family in Early Colonial New Zealand’, in Penelope Edmonds and Amanda Nettelbeck (eds.), Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony: Economies of Dispossession Around the Pacific Rim,  Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 159-177.

‘Inventing a Colonial Dark Tourism Site: The Derby Boab ‘Prison Tree’ (with Dr Elizabeth Grant), in Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Hodgkinson (eds.) Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2017, 735-759.

‘“As much as they can gorge”: Colonial Containment and Indigenous Tasmanian Mobility at Oyster Cove Aboriginal Station’, in Standfield, Rachel (ed.), Indigenous Mobilities: Across and Beyond the Antipodes, Aboriginal History Monograph Series, ANU Press, Canberra, 2018, 145-164.

‘The Rin Tin Tin Plaque: A Man, his Dog, and a Japanese Prisoner of War’ in Annabel Cooper, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla, eds., He Taonga, He Kōrero The Lives of Objects, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2015.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Australia, New Zealand
Expertise by Geography
Australia, New Zealand
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Family, Indigenous Peoples, Pedagogy