Jennifer Bird

Position: PhD Student
School and/or Centres: National Centre of Biography

Position: PhD Student
School and/or Centres: School of History


Location: Level 5, RSSS Building, 146 Ellery Crescent


BA with Hons (UNE)
Majors: Australian History and Writing

Thesis title: Robert Edward Knox – The 'Flash Fighting Man': One infamous convict's journey through the New South Wales colonial penal system, 1829-1869

This research examines an individual experience of the colonial penal system during the years 1829 to 1869, that of recidivist convict, Robert Edward Knox, who was incarcerated for around thirty of his forty years in the New South Wales colony. The question of the historiographical and methodological value of the study of an individual life is at the centre of this research. By tracing Knox’s life and his experience of the colonial penal system over decades, the thesis is concerned to investigate the usefulness of the single case as a viable and productive approach in convict studies and seeks to contribute to greater understandings of convict experience and convict criminality.

Australian convict history
Australian colonial history
Australian history
Australian Indigenous history
Oral history

Betty Newsome Memorial Scholarship (UNE) 2015
Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

Australian Historical Association
Oral History NSW Inc
Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra

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