Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas

Abandoned Women Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas From the crowded tenements of Edinburgh to the Female Factory nestling in the shadow of Mt Wellington dozens of Scottish women convicts were exiled to Van Diemen s Land with their young children This

  • Title: Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas
  • Author: Lucy Frost
  • ISBN: 9781742377605
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the crowded tenements of Edinburgh to the Female Factory nestling in the shadow of Mt Wellington, dozens of Scottish women convicts were exiled to Van Diemen s Land with their young children This is a rich and evocative account of the lives of women at the bottom of society two hundred years ago.Description Her superb research and sympathetic reconstructions of ninetFrom the crowded tenements of Edinburgh to the Female Factory nestling in the shadow of Mt Wellington, dozens of Scottish women convicts were exiled to Van Diemen s Land with their young children This is a rich and evocative account of the lives of women at the bottom of society two hundred years ago.Description Her superb research and sympathetic reconstructions of nineteenth century Scotland and Australia bring to life a long forgotten but fascinating group of women Si n Rees, author of The Floating BrothelIn the early nineteenth century, crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning cities of Scotland, and families splintered Orphan girls, single mothers and women on their own all struggled to feed and clothe themselves For some, petty theft became a part of life Any woman deemed habite repute a thief might find herself before the High Court of Justiciary, tried for yet another minor theft and sentenced to transportation beyond Seas.Lucy Frost memorably paints the portrait of a boatload of women and their children who arrived in Hobart in 1838 Instead of serving time in prison, the women were sent to work as unpaid servants in the houses of settlers Feisty Scottish convicts, unaccustomed to bowing and scraping, often irritated their middle class employers, who charged them with insolence, or refusing to work, or getting drunk A stint in the female factory became their punishment.Many women survived the convict system and shaped their own lives once they were free They married, had children and found a place in the community Others, though, continued to be plagued by errors and disasters until death LUCY FROST has spent a career researching and writing about nineteenth century women She is the author of No Place for a Nervous Lady and other books on women s experience.

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    2 thoughts on “Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas

    1. Lucy Frost Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas book, this is one of the most wanted Lucy Frost author readers around the world.

    2. "Abandoned women, the Scottish convicts were called by an eminent twentieth-century Australian historian - worse than the English, even worse than the Irish. And the worst of the worst were shipped to the island of Van Diemen's Land ."So starts this interesting account of the 78 women convicted in Scotland and transported for life on the ship called the Atwick. They made up over half the female convicts on board when the Atwick sailed down the Thames in September 1837. Many of them were leaving [...]

    3. For more reviews, check out my blog, The Australian Bookshelf“‘Abandoned’ women, the Scottish convicts were called by an eminent twentieth-century Australian historian- worse than the English, even worse than the Irish. And the worst of the worst were shipped to the island of Van Diemen’s Land, later re-named Tasmania to cover its convict stain….But who were these ‘abandoned’ women? What were their lives like in Scotland? And what happened to them in Australia?” page 1This quote [...]

    4. If you are drawn to understanding the 19th Century, Frost's work to clarify class and gender distinctions affecting women transported to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), make an excellent read. Frost presents her research in the context of reconstructed stories of individual women's lives. A few of the women who landed in Hobart in 1838 successfully transitioned to colonial realities. Other women moved in and out of the Cascades Female Factory (a women's work prison) because they were insubordi [...]

    5. This was such a fascinating read. Lucy Frost has done an amazing job of giving a voice to the convict women who sailed on the Atwick - most of whom were illiterate. I really like her style of writing - particularly when she shares her speculative thoughts on how the women may have felt. At times it seems unfathomable how these women and their children were treated but then you look at how the Australian government is treating asylum seekers in offshore detention and you realise we haven't really [...]

    6. This is a fascinating insight into a little known part of Australia's convict past. Lucy Frost examines the lives of Scottish women, often young and illiterate, who were transported to Van Diemen's land (Tasmania) in the early 1800's. The book takes the reader into the lives of some of the women & is obviously meticulously researched. I found the book easy to read and comprehend but occasionally became confused with which character was being examined.

    7. A riveting look at the lives of convict women arriving in VDL aboard the Atwick in early 1800's Australian convict history. Lovely insights from the author questioning and interpreting her theories in the gaps in the documents. Wonderful that she was able to find some of the descendants of these women to provide the missing links.

    8. An interesting topic, but I felt the subject matter was not well handled. It felt as though the author had been requested to make the book longer and so filled the extra pages with subject matter already presented earlier in the text.

    9. Lucy Frost has an amazing ability to evoke empathy for the characters in this book, but manages to stick to only the historical records to do it. From the remnants of records of their lives, she can evoke feelings for them. A true gift as a writer.

    10. I really enjoyed this book as it is a part of our Australian history that is often forgotten. Pick it up and you won't be able to put it down

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