THE FASCINATING LIVES of 29 female convicts who spent time in the Cascades Female Factory, between 1829 and 1855, are the subject of this book.
The women range from young offenders to prosperous matriarchs; from tough customers to those educated enough to write letters home.
Some got through the convict system fairly easily; some struggled, committing offence after offence – insolence, neglect of work, theft.
Some had children, some did not. Many saw their children die. Some died in childbirth.
Edited by Alison Alexander and Alice Meredith Hodgson – 2018 Paperback