Convict Tattoos: a slightly ghoulish curiosity

simon-barnard-convict-tattoosThis pictorial exploration of the “marked men and women of Australia” explores the tattoos of those transported to Australia between 1788 and 1868. Showing court transcriptions, period illustrations and publications, and (ghoul warning) branding tools and human skin samples, the book reveals the diversity and meaning of tattoos borne by convicts. A beautifully designed and unusual book.

Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia – Simon Barnard – HB – Text Publishing – $40

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