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Title: Female convict labour and absconding rates in colonial Australia
Contributor(s): Maxwell-Stewart, Hamish  (author)orcid ; Quinlan, Michael (author)
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430302 Australian history
430313 History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
430306 Digital history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Abstract: In early 1837 Mr Jones residing in Erskine Street, Sydney, discovered that two of his female convicts were missing. As he later related in court, Jones suspected that Mary Ann Mansfield and Mary Smith had gone, or intended to go, to the nearby settlement of Parramatta—a short trip away by water. Anxious to intercept his absconding servants Jones hastened down to the quay where he boarded the Experiment steamer — a vessel that made regular trips to Parramatta as well as occasional pleasure cruises on Middle Harbour. There he discovered the two women 'comfortably seated' and 'fashionably attired' in the cabin. Having clapped eyes on his absconding felon servants, Jones placed them in the custody of a constable. They were subsequently charged and each sentenced to two-months hard labour in the female House of Correction (an institution that was, ironically, located in Parramatta).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Tasmanian Historical Studies, v.22, p. 19-36
Publisher: University of Tasmania, School of History and Classics
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1324-048X
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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