What part of her story will you tell today?

introduction

From the outset of colonisation, women in the male dominated burgeoning society of Australia were undervalued. On arrival in Botany more »

heritage

Where to begin? Every single convicted lady was a daughter of someone. She had a mother and a father. She more »

crimeandconvictionsmall

How did your Australian Female Convict manage to find herself on a ship being bound for Botany Bay? She committed more »

transportation-small

In the majority of cases female convicts were not sent to the prison hulks as men were. They continued to more »

arrival

Arrival

Finally the horrible voyage is over and your convicted lady is on board the ship awaiting disembarkation to the shores more »

freedom

The ultimate goal of all convicts was to not only survive but to regain their freedom. There were very few more »

family

Family

For many female convicts marriage was an opportunity to afford themselves some protection. In terms of land grants for free more »

australia

Life in Australia

Life in Colonial Australia was hard. When the First Fleet arrived there was nothing here that was familiar to any more »

land

Land

Land Grants It is sometimes thought that women did not receive land grants. This is completely untrue. Women were entitled more »

death

Death

The average lifespan of female convicts was about 62 years. Punishments, lack of medical assistance, accidents, childbirth, murder and disease more »

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