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Convict bastards, common-law unions, and shotgun weddings: premarital conceptions and ex-nuptial births in nineteenth-century Tasmania.
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PMID:  22164357     Owner:  HMD     Status:  In-Process    
This article uses reconstituted family data from birth, death, and marriage registers to measure ex-nuptial fertility and premarital pregnancies in nineteenth-century Tasmania. It also examines the extent to which convict origins of European society on the island caused a departure from English norms of family formation behavior, during a period when men greatly outnumbered women. Illegitimacy was high during the convict period. From the mid-1850s, after the convict system collapsed, levels of ex-nupital births were relatively constant until the end of the century, as indicated both by the illegitimacy rate and by the proportion of marriages associated with prenuptial births. By the end of the nineteenth-century, rates of illegitimacy and prenuptial conceptions in Tasmania were well within the range of those of contemporary English-speaking populations.
Rebecca Kippen; Peter A Gunn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family history     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0363-1990     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Hist     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701861     Medline TA:  J Fam Hist     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-403     Citation Subset:  Q    
University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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