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- DescriptionOn 8th April 1811 the ship Friends sailed from England carrying 101 female convicts bound for the penal colony of New South Wales. Their crimes ranged from pickpocketing to murder, but most of them had been convicted of theft. Susannah Noon, t yet in her teens, had tried to steal four pairs of cotton stockings, worth ten shillings, from a shop in Colchester. It earned her a sentence of transportation for seven years 'beyond the seas'. It was a sentence that reverberated throughout her lifetime; she never returned to England. Instead Susannah and her shipmates found themselves living in a new land as members of a new and unique society. Their only shackles were the vast ocean and their fear of the unkwn. In 1811 there were only one hundred women living in New South Wales who had t arrived as convicted felons. Susannah and the other convict women were expected to work and to marry. Most seized the chance for respectability; some fell victim to further disaster; some continued to lead lives defined by gaol, alcohol and despair. Until w, Susannah and the other women of the Friends have remained largely silent and invisible to history. In uncovering their stories, author Elsbeth Hardie provides a little-kwn account of the convict system that prevailed in the early years of transportation and how these women fared within it. Susannah was the only one of them to move on to ather new life in New Zealand, living in a whaling station some years before the arrival of the country's first organised colonists. Elsbeth Hardie has resurrected the life of Susannah because she was unkwn and forgotten, and because she was an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life. She was representative of a small group of pioneering women who have t been written about - the convict women who came to this country in the early years of settlement and remained.
- Author BiographyFirst time book author ELSBETH HARDIE trained as a journalist and has had a career writing professionally for business clients. She is a graduate of the inaugural Creative Writing honours degree course at the University of Auckland. Elsbeth lives in Auckland but maintains strong ties to the South Island where she grew up.
- Author(s)Elsbeth Hardie
- PublisherAustralian Teachers of Media
- Date of Publication01/10/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationSt Kilda W., VIC
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintAustralian Teachers of Media
- Width168 mm
- Height235 mm
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