Bibliography for
"Uncertain Future in an Unknown Place;
North American Political Prisoners in Van Diemen's Land,"

prepared by

Dr. John C. Carter,

February 2009*

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* Support from the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Oatlands District Historical Society, Southern and Northern Midlands Councils, and the Glamorgan Spring Bay Historical Society for these slide/talks and heritage roundtables is acknowledged. Dr. John C. Carter can be contacted at

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