A Traumatic Birth: PTSD in Convicts and the Australian Psyche by Stephen K LucasA Traumatic Birth: PTSD in Convicts and the Australian Psyche by Stephen K Lucas

A Traumatic Birth: PTSD in Convicts and the Australian Psyche

byStephen K Lucas

Paperback | August 31, 2015

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Previous histories have not explored the incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Australian convict history and the effect on the Australian psyche.

In “A Traumatic Birth”, Stephen Lucas investigates the psychic injury inflicted on female convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, the effect on their offspring and the development of resilience in the population.

Through careful research over many years, Lucas details the daily life of a peasant in a Quaker village in Ireland prior to her transportation.

So too the lives of her descendants, pioneers in the Australian Outback. A Traumatic Birth contains a first-hand account of life on a Selection, describing what it was like to live in a slab-hut, experience isolation and drought.

Stephen Lucas has consulted with recognised experts such as historian Dr Alison Alexander, well known for her work on Tasmanian convict history and psychiatrist Professor Jayashri Kulkarni of Monash University. Both support his conclusions.

“A Traumatic Birth” beautifully traverses a vast Australian history. The great Australian resilience is followed from convict times to the Eureka Stockade and to the shores of Gallipoli.

Stephen Lucas is a descendant of the Irish convict, Peggie O'Hara. He is a lawyer by profession and he has specialised in litigation work for government. His expertise includes the assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder claims. Stephen was born in Rockhampton and now lives in Melbourne.
Title:A Traumatic Birth: PTSD in Convicts and the Australian PsycheFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 0.58 inPublished:August 31, 2015Publisher:Australian eBook PublisherLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1925271900

ISBN - 13:9781925271904

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONPART ONE: TRAUMA1 An Irish Peasant in a Quaker Village 2 'Let Her Be Transported'3 On a Leaky Old Boat4 Van Diemen's Land5 Lunatics, 'Old Lags' and Survivors6 The Family Regroups7 Vandemonians on the Goldfields8 A Child of ConvictsPART TWO: THE OUTBACK9 From the Goldfields to Outback Queensland10 A Bush Childhood11 'An Original ANZAC'12 A Visit to the Sapphire Fields13 Murder14 A Vegetable Garden, a Pig and Some Cows15 Who Attempted to Erase the Convict Past?CONCLUSION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSAPPENDIX ABIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX