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Convict punishment

Extract from For the Term of His Natural Life, Reconstructed Version (1927 and 1993)

Reconstructed and retinted version of the 1927 silent feature For the Term of His Natural Life, with a new musical score — a convict story of transportation to Van Diemen's Land, escape and cannibalism, and unrequited love.

British colonists and convicts arrived in Tasmania in the early 1800s. At first there were fewer than 3000 Europeans living in Tasmania. They were mostly military personnel and convicts, along with a small number of free settlers. 

NFSA: 409223 Feature film (silent) courtesy National Film and Sound Archive


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