Female and Male Prisoners in Queensland 1880–1899

Alana Piper, Catrien Bijleveld, Susan Dennison, Jonathan De Bruin

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Employing a mixed-method approach to quantitative data from the Queensland Police Gazette and qualitative evidence from newspaper archives and government reviews of women’s gaols, this chapter studies women’s imprisonment in Queensland, Australia, at the end of the nineteenth century. It describes the profiles of men and women committed to prison in Queensland from 1880–1899, and the extent to which men and women recidivated. In spite of a number of methodological caveats, women were more likely to be (chronic) recidivists than men during the late nineteenth century in Queensland. This chapter argues that this can be explained in terms of their different social and economic disadvantages and vulnerabilities, related to their stigmatization, policing and institutionalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Criminality in Europe, 1600–1914
EditorsManon van der Heijden, Marion Pluskota, Sanne Muurling
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108774543
ISBN (Print)9781108477710, 9781108732970
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2020


  • gender
  • Queensland
  • Australia
  • recidivism
  • stigmatisation
  • institutionalisation
  • prostitution


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