Van Diemen's Women: A History of Transportation to Tasmania

Author(s): Joan Kavanagh

Australian History

On 2 September 1845, the convict ship Tasmania left Kingstown Harbour for Van Diemen's Land with 138 female convicts and their 35 children. On 3 December, the ship arrived into Hobart Town. While this book looks at the lives of all the women aboard, it focuses on two women in particular: Eliza Davis, who was transported from Wicklow Gaol for life for infanticide, having had her sentence commuted from death, and Margaret Butler, sentenced to seven years' transportation for stealing potatoes in Carlow. Using original records, this study reveals the reality of transportation, together with the legacy left by these women in Tasmania and beyond, and shows that perhaps, for some, this Draconian punishment was, in fact, a life-saving measure.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781845888855
  • : The History Press Ltd
  • : The History Press Ltd
  • : October 2015
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joan Kavanagh
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 994.02
  • : 400
  • : 100 black & white illustrations