Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson and the Convicts of the Princess Royal
Intrigued to discover a convict in her family tree, Babette Smith decided to investigate her ancestor's life and the lives of the 99 women who were transported with her on the Princess Royal in 1829.
Piece by piece she reveals the story of her ancestor, the indomitable Susannah Watson, who, trapped in the crowded, filthy slums of Nottingham, stole because she 'could not bea...more
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As a family researcher, my thirst for more information about our convict heritage and the conditions they endured both before and after their transportation led me to discover this book.
The book was written twice by the author, Babette Smith: once as a non fiction work whilst researching her own convict ancestor, and then as a novel based on the facts of those ...more