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Task no. 1
Read Arthur Bowes-Smyth’s journal entry and the list of female convicts who travelled to Sydney Cove in 1787 on the Lady Penrhyn.
- choose one convict you find interesting, consider her name, age, her crime and her punishment.
- work in pairs to write a set of questions you would ask the female convict if you were conducting an interview with them.
- use your own knowledge or conduct research to write the answers you think the female convict might have given to the questions.
Journal entry of Arthur Bowes-Smyth, Surgeon on board the First Fleet ship the Lady Penrhyn:
On the 22nd March 1787 I came on board the ship the Lady Penrhyn. Along with other ships it is bound for New South Wales, with Convicts on board to form a Settlement there.
The Crew of the Lady Penrhyn consists of the following; Captain Sever, who is the Commander of the ship, Captain Campbell of the Marines, Lieutenant Johnston of the Marines, Lieutenant Collins of the Marines, Mr. Watts, Lieutenant of the Navy going to China, Mr. Nicholas Anstis, Chief Mate, Mr. Squires 2nd Mate, Mr. Ball, 3rd Mate, Mr. Holmes, 4th Mate, William Young, Steward, Sisson the Cook, Smyth (myself) the Surgeon to the Ship, Alltree, Surgeon to the Convicts, John Ross, Son of Major Ross, James Campbell a Child, relation of Captain Campbell, Mr. J. Smith going to Botany Bay, 3 Servants to the Marine officers, a Carpenter, a Cooper, a Boatswain, 36 Sailors, 4 of whom were made Quarter Masters & 5 Boys.
The Lady Penrhyn has 109 female Convicts on board and 8 children and I shall give a List of their Names, Crimes, Ages, Trades, & the term of years they are transported for.
|Name||Age||Trade||Crime||Term of Transportation|
|Ann Yates||19||Milliner (Hat Maker)||Housebreaking||7|
|Mary Love||60||Servant||Lamb Stealing||14|
|Ann Colepits||28||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Sarah Davis||26||Glove Maker||Shoplifting||7|
|Mary Wilkes alias Turner (alias means an alternate or false name)||21||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Elizabeth Bird||45||Servant||Lamb Stealing||7|
|Ann Dawly alias Twifield||23||Servant||Highway Robbery||7|
|Sarah Bellamy||17||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Mary Mitchell||19||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Mary Dickenson||26||Barrow Woman (sells goods from a small stall on wheels)||Stealing||7|
|Elizabeth Hipsley||28||Needlework||Picking Pockets||7|
|Ann Read||22||Servant||Street Robbery||For Life|
|Susan Hufnall||24||Servant||Buying Stolen Goods||7 to 30|
|Eleona M'Cave||24||Hawker (sells goods door to door)||Robbery||7|
|Martha Eaton||25||Servant||Buying Stolen Goods||7|
|Mary Greenwood||24||Servant||Street Robbery||7|
|Elizabeth Cole||20||Milliner (Hat Maker)||Shoplifting||7|
|Catharine Hart||19||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Mary Hill||20||Servant||Picking Pockets||7|
|Margaret Dawson||17||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|
|Elizabeth Marshall||29||Servant||Shoplifting||7 to 40|
|Mary Humphreys||30||Servant||Picking Pockets||7|
|Ann Ward||20||Lace Maker||Shoplifting||7|
|Elizabeth Needham||25||Maker of Child Bed Linen||Shoplifting||7|
|Lucy Wood alias Bran||33||Servant||Picking Pockets||7|
|Mary Harrison||34||Silk Winder (winds silk from cocoons onto reels for spinning)||Misdemeanour (a small crime)||7|
|A. Sandlyn alias Lyon alias Bretton||30||Needlework||Petty Larceny (theft of something of only small value)||7 to 50|
|Ann Green alias Cowly||28||Mantua (a type of dress) Maker||Privately Stealing||7|
|Rebecca Davison||28||Needlework||Picking Pockets||7|
|Mary Cooper||47||Chair Woman (a travelling chair repairer)||Stealing||7|
|Ann Dutton||25||Servant||Privately Stealing||7|