Author(s): Babette Smith
Traces their stories, 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, their experience of assigned service in the colony, their marriages, for good or bad, and their opportunities for a new life.
Babette Smith, a scholar and historian, is author of the much acclaimed history Australia's Birthstain.
Introduction 1 Into the Maelstrom 2 Pity Our Distress 3 The Full Penalty of the Law 4 Transported Beyond the Seas 5 A Very Pleasant Town 6 On Assignment 7 The Female Factory They Must Be Kept Under' 8 With His Excellency's Consent 9 Female Married' 10 Beating the System 11 A Dubious Refuge 12 Different Journeys 13 Some Evidence of Affection 14 Caught in the System 15 Survivors and Victims 16 An Affectionate Mother 17 A Second Chance Appendix: The Convicts of the Princess Royal Notes Bibliography Index