LAW AND ORDER UNDER LA TROBE: THE FIRST PRISONS OF PORT PHILLIP
Dr Green’s fellowship topic is very interesting and, until her current work, little researched. Dr Green has investigated the planning and construction of the first purpose-built penal and psychiatric institutions in the Port Phillip District and Colony of Victoria during the La Trobe administration
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria, in partnership with the C J La Trobe Society, presents the annual A. G. L. Shaw lecture delivered by Dr Ashleigh Green, the current La Trobe Society Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. Her project provides an in-depth history of the construction and early administration of four of these key institutions, and how they set the precedent for the design and construction of gaols, prisons, and asylums in the colony that came after.
Ashleigh is a tutor in classics and archaeology at the University of Melbourne and the author of the book Birds in Roman Life and Myth. She has worked as a volunteer guide for the National Trust at Old Melbourne Gaol, and more recently as an historical tour guide throughout Melbourne and at Old Geelong Gaol. As the 2022 La Trobe Society Fellow at State Library Victoria, she researched the untold stories of the state’s very first penal institutions. She is currently working on a book.