Convict Women

Kay Daniels
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Lively stories about the role of women when Australia was a gaol.

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

Author bio:

Kay Daniels is the co-editor of Uphill All the Way: A Documentary History of Women in Australia (1980) and the editor of So Much Hard Work: Women and Prostitution in Australian History (1984).

Category: History
ISBN: 9781864486773
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgements


1 Maria Lord

2 Writing about convict women

3 Transportation and its management

4 Assignment

5 The female factories: the failure of reform

6 Rough culture and rebellion

7 Sexuality

8 Prostitution

9 Freedom

10 Heritage



Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: July 1998
Page Extent: 288
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: History