January 29, 2021

2.6 Innovative Research in Australia: Working Class Archaeology in Tasmania

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Pamela Chauvel, University of Sydney.



Dr. James L. Flexner, University of Sydney. 




Chauvel, P., Flexner, J. (2020). Mapping Difference in the "Uniform" Workers' cottages of Maria Island, Tasmania. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 24(4), 902-919. [More Information]

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, company towns often provided
housing for workers within a system of benevolent paternalism. This paper examines a
set of workers’ cottages known as “the Twelve Apostles” on Maria Island, Tasmania.
The archaeology reveals differences between the standardized, company-built houses,
providing evidence that the residents’ responses often varied in ways that were not
officially expected or sanctioned by the company. People individualized their houses in
ways that reflect their everyday routines and rituals, and demonstrate how they made these houses into homes.
Keywords Maria Island . Tasmania . Household archaeology. Capitalism. Paternalism.


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