Shackled: Female Convicts at Moreton Bay 1826-1839
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 288 pages
Author: J. Harrison
Other: b&w & colour photos, map, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Anchor Books Australia
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, was first known as Moreton Bay, a place of secondary punishment. Who were the women convicts who were sent there? Where they part of a distinct criminal class? Could they control their own destinies in any way, or were they victims on a uncompromising penal system? Were they irretrievably tied to their criminal past or did they develop new lives?
This book identifies the women sent to Moreton Bay and brings to light their stories. Here they are evaluated to enable an understanding of the procedures which ordered their lived. As the new settlement developed, the social conditions proved as much a shackle as their community.
1. 'On the utmost verge': Moreton Bay penal colony and the female convicts
2. 'Incorrigible bad characters': who were these women?
3. 'Transportation? Better than a bad marriage': the women's crimes in Great Britain
4. 'This is a shocking bad woman': the women's colonial crimes
5. 'Some of the most depraved of their sex': misbehaviour at Moreton Bay
6. 'Keep the profligate women in order': daily routine at Moreton Bay
7. 'A dose or two of medicine': maintaining women's health at Moreton Bay
8. 'Justice has been satisfied': the end of the penal settlement
Appendix 1. The convict women of Moreton Bay
Appendix 2. Moreton Bay penal settlement timeline
Appendix 3. Government officials: Great Britain, Ireland and Australia 1824-40