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  Illustrated London News picture of convicts, Clerkenwell, 1874
 
  Illustrated London News picture of convicts, Clerkenwell, 1874. This picture shows convicts picking oakum - that is separating the fibres from old, tarred ship's ropes so that they can be re-used. The work was done under the Silent System.
 
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