A Cargo of Women
Susannah Watson and the convicts of the Princess Royal
New edition of the bestselling history that traces the chequered story of 100 women transported together on the ship Princess Royal in 1829 to Sydney. Includes new information on the women and treatment of convicts, and new illustrations.
Babette Smith reconstructs the lives of the women from the Princess Royal from fragments of information in shipping lists, official records, newspapers and court transcripts. Her research overturns stereotypes of women convicts as drunken whores and criminals. Caught in an England convulsed by change, they become the unwitting and unwilling pioneers of a new land. Many proved to be resourceful and resilient, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by a new society.