A Cargo of Women
Susannah Watson and the Convicts of the Princess Royal 2nd edition
By (author) Babette Smith
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Cargo of Women by Babette Smith
Book DescriptionIntrigued to discover a convict ancestor in her family tree, Babette Smith decided to investigate her life and the lives of the 99 women who were transported with her on the ship Princess Royal in 1829. Piece by piece she reveals the story of her ancestor, 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 to Australia for 14 years. She endured the convict system at its worst, yet emerged triumphant to die in her bed aged 83 singing 'Rock of Ages'. Babette Smith reconstructs the lives of the women from the Princess Royal from fragments of information in shipping lists, official records, newspapers and court transcripts. Her research overturns stereotypes of women convicts as drunken whores and criminals. Caught in an England convulsed by change, they become the unwitting and unwilling pioneers of a new land. First published two decades ago, A Cargo of Women became a bestseller and remains one of the most valuable accounts of convict life in Australia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741755510
(230mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
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Author Biography - Babette Smith
Babette Smith is an independent historian and author of the groundbreaking Australia's Birthstain: The startling legacy of the convict era.
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