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  • n. Plural form of emancipist.


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  • I do not mean to say that, among the class called emancipists, consisting of persons who have been convicts, there may not be found men and women who have become thoroughly reformed and fit to adorn society.

    Trade and Travel in the Far East or Recollections of twenty-one years passed in Java, Singapore, Australia and China.

  • These freemen objected violently to Macquarie's efforts to secure social equality for the emancipists (pardoned convicts or those who had served their time) and to discourage free immigration.

    3. Australia, 1788-1914

  • The government granted land freely to immigrants and to emancipists, in addition to whom large numbers of squatters began to occupy grazing lands.


  • He was much more vigorous and autocratic than his predecessor and much less favorable to the emancipists.


  • The free population already greatly outnumbered the convicts and emancipists.


  • All men were free once their sentences expired, but they were mere emancipists.

    Morgan’s Run

  • With regard to the last alleged cause of the increase of crime, namely, the increasing number of emancipists; little doubt, your Committee think, can be entertained of the pernicious consequences of annually turning loose a number of unreclaimed offenders on so small a community as that of New South Wales.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • Those of the emancipists who were possessed of property had generally acquired it by dishonest means, by keeping grog-shops, gambling-houses, by receiving stolen goods, and by other nefarious practices; they led a life of gross licentiousness; but their wealth and influence were such that one-fourth of the jurors who served in the civil and criminal courts during the years 1834, 1835, and 1836, belonged to their number.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • The free community became sharply divided into emancipists and anti-emancipists.

    A Source Book of Australian History

  • Jury Laws, which permit persons who have been convicts to become jurors; and lastly, to the increasing number of emancipists.

    A Source Book of Australian History


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