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By Lucy Frost

From the crowded tenements of Edinburgh to the feminine manufacturing facility nestling within the shadow of Mt Wellington, dozens of Scottish girls convicts have been exiled to Van Diemen's Land with their teenagers. this can be a wealthy and evocative account of the lives of girls on the backside of society 200 years in the past. within the early 19th century, crofters and villagers streamed into the burgeoning towns of Scotland, and households splintered. Orphan ladies, unmarried moms and girls on their lonesome all struggled to feed and dress themselves. For a few, petty robbery grew to become part of lifestyles. Any girl deemed "habite & reputation a thief" could locate herself ahead of the excessive court docket of Justiciary, attempted for one more minor robbery and sentenced to transportation "beyond Seas." Lucy Frost memorably paints the portrait of a boatload of girls and their little ones who arrived in Hobart in 1838. rather than serving time in criminal, the ladies have been despatched to paintings as unpaid servants within the homes of settlers. Feisty Scottish convicts, unaccustomed to bowing and scraping, frequently annoyed their middle-class employers, who charged them with insolence, or refusing to paintings, or getting inebriated. A stint within the girl manufacturing facility grew to become their punishment. many ladies survived the convict procedure and formed their very own lives when they have been loose. They married, had childrens and located a spot in the neighborhood. Others, notwithstanding, persevered to be suffering from blunders and failures till demise.

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Needlework looks like the better option. At least while you were playing around with patchwork pieces, you could chat, tell stories, speculate on the future. A little before noon, the prisoners were mustered and given a drink made from wine, lime juice, sugar, and water. Dr Leonard watched to make sure each woman drank her ration, determined to keep scurvy at bay—and to stop those alcoholically inclined from scrounging extra wine from the others. After the muster came the main meal of the day, dinner.

Or misgoverned, perhaps. The children of the Atwick entered the nursery at a moment when the Female Factory itself had come to the attention of the local press, and by following the newspaper campaign we can see into spaces usually hidden from the public. Over a four-week period between 6 March and 3 April 1838, seventeen editorials, news stories and snippets of comment about the Factory were published in three weekly newspapers, Murray’s Review, the Colonial Times, and the True Colonist. All decried the ‘mismanagement and bad state of the Female Factory’.

Though McAllan came into the passage and threatened him verbally, it was Elizabeth who ‘took a candlestick which she held by the stalk, and struck [McLean] with it upon the upper part of the left side of his face, a severe blow which stunned him at the time, & which cut his nose, the eye, and the cheek & from which & his nose, he lost a large quantity of blood’. indd 49 12/12/11 1:02:38 PM 50 Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas her give the watch to McAllan. The watch was expensive, said McLean, a gold piece ‘for which he paid forty five pounds and there were appended to it a gold watch chain for which he paid eight pounds—a gold seal for which he paid two pounds 10/ [shillings] and a silver guard chain for which he paid a pound’.

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