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'Dark Paradise: Norfolk Island – Isolation, Savagery, Mystery, and Murder' by Robert Macklin.

Causer, T; 'Dark Paradise: Norfolk Island – Isolation, Savagery, Mystery, and Murder' by Robert Macklin. Reviews in Australian Studies 1 - 5. Green open access

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Abstract

Norfolk Island’s past has suffered much misrepresentation and misunderstanding over the years, particularly in relation to the penal settlement in operation between 1825 and 1855. Sadly, Dark Paradise is another in a long line of narratives of questionable accuracy. The cover blurb claims that Norfolk Island is ‘exposed like never before’, while elsewhere the author notes that he hoped to write the ‘definitive history’ of Norfolk Island’s ‘horrific past (and present)’. These are surprising assertions. Dark Paradise contains little that is new or has not been written about at length before by others, as well as plenty which is either incorrect, based on limited research, or relies on dubious sources.

Type:Article
Title:'Dark Paradise: Norfolk Island – Isolation, Savagery, Mystery, and Murder' by Robert Macklin.
Location:UK
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/ras/index
Keywords:Norfolk Island, Australian history, Van Diemen's Land, New South Wales, Convict transportation, Dark Paradise, history of punishment, penal settlements
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws > Bentham Project

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