Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas
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Abandoned Women: Scottish Convicts Exiled Beyond the Seas

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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. In the early nineteenth century, crofters and villagers streamed into t...more
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Published February 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin Australia (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lauren Murphy
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“‘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?”
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Beth Camp
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...more
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.
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.
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