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The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women

Agnes McMillan and Janet Houston were convicted for shoplifting. Bridget Mulligan stole a bucket of milk; Widow Ludlow Tedder, eleven spoons. For their crimes, they would be sent not to jail, but to ships teeming with other female convicts. Tin tickets, stamped with numbers, were hung around the women's necks, and the ships set out to carry them to their new home: Van Diemen's Land, later known as Tasmania, part of the British Empire's crown jewel, Australia. Men outnumbered women nine to one there, and few "proper" citizens were interested in emigrating. The deportation of thousands of petty criminals-the vast majority nonviolent first offenders-provided a convenient solution for the government.

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Grey-Eyed Girl

Chapter 2. Crown of Thieves

Chapter 3. The Angel of Newgate

Chapter 4. Sweet Sixteen

Chapter 5. More Sinned Against Than Sinning

Chapter 6. Ludlow’s Choice

Chapter 7. Liverpool Street

Chapter 8. The Yellow C

Chapter 9. Flames of Love

Chapter 10. Bendigo’s Gold

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography