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Convict discipline was harsh and often arbitrary. For those convicts who committed further offences in the colony there was a variety of brutal punishments awaiting them? Chief among these was the cat of nine tails.
fifty lashes
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Fifty lashes was a common punishment, enough to strip the skin from a man's back, but this could be increased to more than 100. Equally dreaded was a lengthy stint on a chain gang where, shackled on each ankle with irons or chains weighing ten pounds or more, convicts were employed in the back-breaking work of making new roads
By day the prisoners were supervised by a military guard assisted by brutalized convict overseers and at night they were locked up in small wooden huts behind stockades.
work gangs
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transportable jail
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Transportation to a more isolated penal settlement was another fate awaiting secondary offenders. At remote places such as Norfolk Island, Port Macquarie and Moreton Bay discipline could be so severe that some convicts preferred death.
 


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