Product Code: 10
Availability: In Stock
Weight: 330.00g
Dimensions: 148.00mm x 10.30mm x 210.00mm

Price: AUD$25.00

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Format: Paperback


Published: 2011

ISBN: 9780987144300


Also available in ebook


Convict Lives at the Ross Female Factory is the second book in the Convict Lives series. It is the first book published by the Convict Women's Press.

From 1848 to 1854 the Ross Female Factory processed hundreds of women transported to Van Diemen's Land, providing "a complete institution for the exploitation of female convicts in the service of the great houses of the Midlands."  But, as the Female Convicts Research Group (Tasmania) remind us in this compelling book, many convict women who passed through the Ross Female Factory also found ways to challenge the convict system, to make their mark.

The book contains 29 stories from 21 contributors, all members of the Female Convicts Research Centre, and edited by Lucy Frost.


  1. The Female Factory at Ross by James Parker
  2. Not a Happy Place to Work: Staff at the Ross Female Factory by Colette McAlpine
  3. Where are the Children? Archaeology of the Nursery Ward by Eleanor Conlin Casella
  4. Women and Children at Ross Female Factory by Lois Newham
  5. Three Deaths: Catherine Toole by Jo Brodie
  6. Rochdale Refugee: Mary Britcliffe by Deborah Norris
  7. A Black Sheep in the Family: Mary Cullen by Joy Crane
  8. Irish Shipmates from the 'Tasmania' by Dianne Snowden and Joan Kavanagh
  9. An Unsuccessful Servant: Charlotte Scott by Alice Meredith Hodgson
  10. A Passionate Prisoner: Elizabeth Kenny by Trudy Cowley
  11. Mary Eagan Makes the Papers by James Parker
  12. 'Gone but not forgotten': Ellenor Onions by Alice Meredith Hodgson
  13. Short but not Sweet: Margaret Aitcheson by Trudy Cowley
  14. Lucilia Helps Herself: Lucilia de la Constantine by Colette McAlpine
  15. An Incorrigible Rebel: Mary Sherriff by Lucy Frost
  16. 'Drunk and Disorderly': Helen Leslie by Alison Alexander
  17. A Case of Sexual Assault: Margaret Knaggs & Agnes Kane by Kay Buttfield
  18. Silk, Silver and Elastic-sided Boots: Eliza Kirwan by Pene Marshall
  19. A Tangled Web: Margaret Butler by Dianne Snowden
  20. The Flynn Family Antics by Lyn Horton
  21. The Cotter Sisters: Hanna and Catherine by Leonie Fahey
  22. A Country Girl and her Associates: Catherine O'Neall by Lorraine Wootton
  23. From Belfast to Bendigo: Amelia McCabe by Rhiannon Crane
  24. Wanted–a Wife by Colette McAlpine and Lucy Frost
  25. Death in New Norfolk: Mary Donnolly by Ralph Crane
  26. A New Career in the Midlands: Julia Rigby by Colette McAlpine
  27. 'a most useful citizen': Bridget Lee by Dianne Snowden
  28. A Woman of Interest: Elizabeth Capel by Andrea Gerrard
  29. A Novelist Pictures his Convict Ancestor: Margaret O'Meara and Christopher Koch by Alison Alexander
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