ARC Discovery Project - Landscape of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77

About the Project

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The School of Humanities is leading the ARC Discovery Project Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77 (DP170103642). This exciting multidisciplinary project re-evaluates the historical and archaeological record of the convict system on the Tasman Peninsula, with a particular focus on Port Arthur and its outstations (project description can be found at: The project is led by Prof. Martin Gibbs (UNE), A.Prof David Roberts (UNE), and Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (UTas), alongside staff of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (Dr David Roe, Dr Jody Steele, Ms Susan Hood) and project Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Richard Tuffin.

An opportunity exists for a PhD candidate to join our research team. Reporting to Associate Professor David Andrew Roberts, the student project will be a study of the management and administration of convict labour and industry at Port Arthur during the 1830s and 1840s. Working closely with the main project team the student will consider labour process structures and strategies at the penal station, through the lens of the administrators, managers and overseers who were responsible for orchestrating the various forms of work and production, including industrial workshop production, primary resource extraction and refinement, manufacturing, building and cultivation and forms of intensive ganged labour. This will involve work with historical documents and material collections, and will require some proficiency in the fields of labour and industrial history.

We are therefore searching for a candidate who has Honours or Masters level qualifications in History. It is essential that applicants have well-developed skills in using historical documents in support of historical research and considerable proficiency in synthesizing and extending the secondary literature. The successful candidate will be expected to work under the direction and in collaboration with the main project team. The final form of the project will be determined through consideration of the skills and interests of the candidate

The Scholarship includes:

  • 3-year full-time UNE funded PhD studentship providing tuition fees and a living allowance stipend of $27,082 per annum tax free paid in fortnightly instalments.

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When to Apply

Applications close on Friday 2 March 2018.

To Apply or Enquire

Please send an email to Associate Professor David Roberts with a completed Domestic Student Scholarship Application and academic transcripts. Please ensure you list two academic referees in section 8 of the scholarship application.

Please make sure you read the Domestic Students Scholarship Application Guidelines prior to completing the scholarship application form.

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To apply for this scholarship, prospective candidates need to submit a scholarship application and an application for candidature at UNE. Please click here to apply for candidature at UNE.