Who were the female convicts? What kinds of lives did they lead in a new society half a world away from home?
Convict Women looks beyond the conventional images to draw a new and often surprising picture of convict women's experiences in a strange and harsh country. Beginning with the story of Maria Lord - convict, pioneer family woman, successful entrepreneur and abandoned wife - the book looks at the central themes of convict women's history in Australia, ranging from the female factories and orphan schools to sexuality and freedom.
Neither damned whores nor passive victims, these women and the choices they made shaped the world in which they lived. Convict Women tells us much about the richness and complexity of life in a newly formed community.
'.the most comprehensive and empathetic account to date of the experiences of Australia's convict women.' - Anne Summers 'Kay Daniels entrances us with a highly original picture of the lives of convict women. From the first page to the last we are drawn into a world very different from our own, yet also strangely recognisable and uncomfortably pertinent.' - Ann Curthoys, Manning Clark Professor of History, ANU
Allen & Unwin
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01 July 1998
Professional and scholarly
PrefaceIntroduction1 Maria Lord2 Writing the history of convict women in Australia3 Transportation and its management4 Assignment5 The female factories: the failure of reform6 Rough culture and rebellion7 Sexuality8 Prostitution9 Freedom10 HeritageEndnotesSelect bibliographyIndex