When I am in a far country"
inscription on a convict love token
discontent and venom could be averted in a clandestine manner without risk of detection of reprisal
- portable graffiti...
- token replacing the body and voice of the convict.
- bridging separation wrought by emigration and transportation.
- illegality of the action may have fuelled the protest and intensified the pleasure
- postcards before sailing
convict love tokens referencing tatoos
For some convicts, tattoos were purely decorative, while others recorded the date of their trial, transportation, or date when their sentence would expire. Others gave family trees, slogans, religious symbols, and many more. One of the most popular images was an anchor and interestingly, most of the wearers had nothing to do with the sea. It was used as a symbol of hope and constancy and was often attached to a loved one's initials.
York II, arrived WA 31/12/1862
Quantas SQ, arrived WA 26/4/2007 Deirdre Nelson