Newcastle Family History Society Inc.

They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter



This work is a comprehensive record of the convict women who came north from Sydney. They often arrived through the settlement at Newcastle but some travelled north as settlers with their families once free.


They Sent Me North comprises three distinct parts:
Part 1 provides a database of almost 1,800 women who came to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. As well as noting the ship and year of arrival, further information and references are provided.
Part 2 contains biographies of 73 of these women (from the 2019 edition). Some of the stories are told by descendants, others by local history researchers looking to uncover the unique lives and circumstances of the women in the early Hunter Valley.
Part 3 of the publication gives a brief outline of the work undertaken by members and volunteers for the Roses from the Heart project which recognises the contribution made by the female convicts sent to Australia. The book contains coloured images of some of the bonnets made for that project.
The Publication contains an extensive bibliography. It is fully indexed and searchable and contains links to each biography.