By ZOOM:  Vandemonians
Jul 26, 2022
Janet McCalman AC
By ZOOM: Vandemonians

Janet McCalman AC is known for her award-winning books Struggletown, JourneyingsSex and Suffering and now Vandemonians. She co-edited with Emma Dawson What Happens Next: reconstructing Australia after COVID 19 in 2020. For over 20 years she taught and researched interdisciplinary history at the University of Melbourne. In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.’

Janet has an engrossing talk of the Tasmanian convict settlers in colonial Victoria, called the Vandemonians.  

Victoria was not meant to be contaminated by the 'convict stain'. Janet's book, Vandemonians: the repressed history of colonial Victoria examines the lives and legacies of the tens of thousands who came to Victoria as soon as they 'were cut free or able to bolt'.


M.C: David Rush