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The Resource A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal, Babette Smith

A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal, Babette Smith

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A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal
Title
A cargo of women
Title remainder
Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal
Statement of responsibility
Babette Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Who were Australia's women convicts? Were they drunks and whores, 'genetic' criminals and moral degenerates as many observers believed? Or victims of circumstances almost unimaginable in the twenty-first century, as others claim? A Cargo of Women traces the chequered story of one hundred women transported together in 1829 on the ship Princess Royal. Caught in an England convulsed by change, they become the unwitting and unwilling pioneers of a new land. Through imaginative use if detailed research, Babette Smith presents a presenting us with a patchwork image of individual lives that are both rich and varied, and often poignantly tragic. We encounter their despair at being parted from their families and particular concern for the children left behind, their experiences of assigned service in the colony, the marriages that could provide salvation or the final degradation, the opportunities that existed for a new life in a society more socially mobile. Framing them all is the story of the indomitable Susannah Watson who, trapped in the crowded filthy slums of Nottingham, stole because she 'could not bear to see her children starving'. Separated forever from her husband and four children, she was transported for 14 years, but served 16. She endured the convict system at its worst, yet emerged triumphant to die in her bed aged 83 singing 'Rock of Ages'."--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
ANL
Dewey number
994.402082
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8950.N6
LC item number
S64 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal, Babette Smith
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A cargo of women : Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal, Babette Smith
Publication
Note
  • Includes index
  • Previously published: 1988
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. [310]-315
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
12903499
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Dimensions
23 cm.
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Edition
Second edition
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781741755510
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009286222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, ports
System control number
  • (Sirsi) TAU139476
  • (AuCNLKIN)000043177864

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