Originally Posted by Frank 101
“The USA shipbuilder was finally sacked for being too kind and making too much private money
from convict labour - go figure.” Or was he sacked because under his watch a group of convicts sailed away in one of the boats? Whichever way its really interesting history.
The punishment versus rehabilitation dichotomy existed back in those days.
A couple of my ancestors were rejects from the English
social system of the time and voyaged to Sydney
Cove under the sponsorship of his or her majesty. One of them had been rejected for forging and uttering and English
juries becoming less bloodthirsty at the time was found innocent of the forging but guilty of the uttering and sent to Sydney
in order to ponder on his failings in a social environment
more conducive to an acceptance of character fault on ones part.
He very quickly achieved a ticket of leave and went into business and was mentioned in the court lists for suing someone. He had obviously realized the utility of the law for grievance resolution by then.
After his convict wife died he emigrated to NZ and founded another business and branch of the family
With this sort of rehabilitation thing common the punishment threat thing was not having the desired effect and would result in a swing of the pendulum back to brutality.