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New book on convict women transported from Kildare to VDL

A new book on Irish women transported to Tasmania during the Great Famine has been published by Four Courts Press. Part of the acclaimed Maynooth Studies in Local History Series, The transportation of women from Kildare to Van Diemen's Land in 1849 by Catherine Fleming tells the story of many women from Kildare who made the arduous journey to Tasmania as the Great Famine raged in Ireland.

Read the attached press release for further information about the book and how to order.

Founders and Survivors Newsletter No. 10, April 2012

Please note that the previous versions of this newsletter had an error. The corrected versions can be downloaded here.

We report on the progress of the Ships Project, deadlines for the Founders and Survivors project, recent research, and workshops to be held in Tasmania and Victoria in June.

Founders and Survivors at the European Social Science History Conference

The Founders and Survivors research team presented four papers at the European Social Science History conference, Glasgow, 11-14 April 2012.

Work, Punishment and Death in Convict Australia

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Convict transportation to Australia is often thought of as particularly harsh form of punishment. Contrary to its representation in the popular literature, however, death rates for male convicts under sentence in Australia were comparable to those for the equivalent age cohorts in the British Isles.

Two books on Welsh convicts

Sentenced to Hell: The Story of Men and Women Transported from North Wales, 1730-1878
J. Richard Williams
Published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2011)
ISBN: 9781845241759
Between 1730 and 1878 men and women from Anglesey, Caernarfon, Merioneth, Denbigh and Flint were sentenced to be transported from their native land to Australia or America. How did they get there? How old were they? What had they done to deserve their fate?

O Fôn i Van Diemen's Land [From Anglesey to Van Diemen's Land]
J. Richard Williams
Published in Welsh by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch (2007)
ISBN: 1845271289, 9781845271282
This book tells the story of Anne Williams of Anglesey, who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1842 for ten years and who spent the rest of her life in Tasmania bringing up her family--who still live in the same area today.

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