Writing About Enlightenment and Criminal Justice
Free Public Lecture
Melbourne Law School
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Rare Book Lecture 2019: The Macquarie Story as a History Tale for Today
Presented by Austin Lovegrove, Honorary Principal Fellow at Melbourne Law School, this lecture describes one attempt to inform the public and engage them in debate about an enlightened approach to the punishment of criminal offenders.
The heroes of this story are the Scots Lachlan Macquarie – Governor of New South Wales between 1810 and 1821 – and his wife Elizabeth Macquarie, who together attempted to introduce an enlightened approach to the treatment of convicts. For them, convicts were men and women of inherent worth, for whom reform not punishment should be the principal consideration in their treatment. The aim of this treatment should be their full restoration to society, including leadership.