Briony Neilson

Briony Neilson

Briony Neilson is a historian of criminal justice and penal reform in the late modern era, particularly in France and its penal colony in New Caledonia. An honorary associate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, she serves as editor of the George Rudé Society’s scholarly journal French History & Civilization and is currently preparing a monograph for publication by McGill-Queen’s University Press on the history of age consciousness, regeneration, and juvenile criminality in France in the fin de siècle

Briony Neilson reviews 'Convicts: A global history' by Clare Anderson

June 2022, no. 443 25 May 2022
Briony Neilson reviews 'Convicts: A global history' by Clare Anderson
In July 1887, a group of British naturalists set out from southern England bound for the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha in search of botanical specimens. They left Southampton with high expectations. Charles Darwin, in the 1830s, had visited Fernando as part of his Beagle expeditions and had remarked on the richness of the island, including its thick vegetation. On arrival half a century ... (read more)