Newcastle Family History Society Inc.

They Sent Me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter


Format: BOOK

This work consists of a database of more than 1400 convict and free women sent to the Hunter Region from Sydney. There are also biographies of 70 of these women.


This work is a comprehensive record of the women sent north from Sydney. They often arrived through the settlement at Newcastle but some travelled north as settlers with their families once they were free.
It comprises three distinct parts:
Part 1 provides a database of the more than 1400 women who made their way north to Newcastle. Many then travelled further afield. As well as noting the ship and year of arrival, references for further information for the women are listed.
Part 2 contains biographies of 70 of these women. Some of the stories are told by descendants of the subject, others by local history researchers looking to uncover the unique lives and circumstances of the women in the early Hunter
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 is fully indexed and contains an extensive bibliography.