Patchwork Prisoners was launched at Parliament House, Hobart on 19 July 2013 by the Premier of Tasmania, Hon. Lara Giddings. The event was well attended. Judith and Chris Cornish from Live History performed a piece from Louisa's Walk. Descendants, friends, colleague and family attended, many descendants coming from interstate and New Zealand.
Photos by Dan Taylor
Rajah's granddaughter, Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips with husband Gary
Colette McAlpine ready to sell lots of copies of Patchwork Prisoners
Judith Wood and Robyn Bradshaw in the back row, Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips perusing Patchwork Prisoners biographies
Author Trudy Cowley in discussion with Christina Henri
Authors Dianne Snowden and Trudy Cowley book-ending descendants of convict Sarah Green from New Zealand
Friends of author Trudy Cowley attending the launch—Leanne, Jenny, Margaret
Descendants of convict Ann Mack—Denise, Barbara and Joanna
Ian Byers and Denise Gladwin, descendants of convict Ann Mack
Helen Hardie, descendant of convict Hannah Brown, perusing Patchwork Prisoners
Master of Ceremonies, Bob Gordon, welcoming everyone
Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier of Tasmania, launching Patchwork Prisoners, with MC Bob Gordon
Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier of Tasmania, launching Patchwork Prisoners
Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden listening to the Premier
Judith Cornish performing a piece from Louisa's Walk
Author Dianne Snowden thanking the Premier, watched by MC Bob Gordon
Descendants of Rajah convicts who attended the launch, with authors Dianne Snowden and Trudy Cowley
Author Trudy Cowley amusing Premier Lara Giddings and author Dianne Snowden with her speech
Author Trudy Cowley demonstrating the volume of biographies of the 180 Rajah convicts
Girls in the 'naughty corner'—author Trudy Cowley, Premier Lara Giddings, author Dianne Snowden
Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden book-ending the Premier of Tasmania, Hon. Lara Giddings
Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with Premier Lara Giddings and descendant Loretta Polley
Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with Premier Lara Giddings
Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with descendant Penny Jennings
Descendant of convict Eliza Riley, Loretta Polley with others
Alison Alexander and Judith Wood show how well book sales went
Descendant of convict Sarah Green, Judith Stehr from New Zealand, with Christina Henri
Photos by Dan Taylor
A list of the 180 female convicts transported on the Rajah from England to Hobart in 1841, with links to their online convict records.
* = identified as a potential quilter
TITLE: Patchwork Prisoners
SUBTITLE: the Rajah Quilt and the women who made it
AUTHORS: Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden
PUBLICATION DATE: 19 July 2013
PUBLISHER: Research Tasmania
PUBLICATION PLACE: Hobart, TAS
SIZE: B5, 352 pages, 850g
EBOOK FORMATS: epub (iPad, Android), mobi (Kindle)
ISBN: 978-0-9756784-6-6 (paperback), 978-0-9756784-7-3 (ebook)
COST: $59.00 RRP (paperback), $15.00 (ebook)
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Patchwork Prisoners is a study of the 180 female convicts who were transported on the convict ship Rajah from England to Hobart in 1841. It is also a study of the Rajah Quilt and the convicts on board who may have been involved in the making of it on their voyage to Van Diemen's Land. The role of Miss Kezia Hayter as Matron on board and in the making of the Quilt is also explored.
The Rajah Quilt is the only known surviving quilt made by female convicts on their voyage from the United Kingdom to Australia. It was found in a Scottish attic in 1987 and gifted to the National Gallery of Australia in 1989.
Read an article about the book and its launch, Celebrating the Rajah Quilt 172 years on, at the Heritage Tasmania website.
Read a review of Patchwork Prisoners published in The Examiner on 17 July 2013.
Preface—by Emeritus Professor Lucy Frost
Chapter 1: The Rajah Quilt—information about the Quilt and how it was made.
Chapter 2: Upon the Seas—information about embarkation, arrival and the voyage, including content from the Surgeon's Journal.
Chapter 3: The Matron—information about Kezia Hayter, the Matron on board the Rajah, her involvement in the Ladies' Society, and her life in Van Diemen's Land (informed by her diary) prior to her marriage.
Chapter 4: The Quilt and The Quilters—information about the making of the Quilt and identification of the convicts potentially involved in making the Quilt by looking at their trades given at embarkation and arrival.
Chapter 5: The Convicts and Their Crimes—statistics and stories about the Rajah convicts, including information on age, height, native place, trial place, crimes and whether or not they were on the town prior to sentencing.
Chapter 6: Arrival and Disposal—information about how the convicts were disposed of upon arrival in Van Diemen's Land.
Chapter 7: Colonial Offences—information about colonial offences while under sentence, classified into five classes: offences against the person, offences against property, forgery and offences against the currency, offences against good order, and offences not included in preceding classes.
Chapter 8: Institutional Life—information about the women's lives in the female factories, hiring depots, hospitals, pauper establishments and invalid depots.
Chapter 9: Marriage—information about marriages prior to transportation, permissions to marry and colonial marriages, including common-law and same sex relationships.
Chapter 10: Family Life—information about children prior to transportation, children on board, colonial children and family left behind.
Chapter 11: End of Sentence—information about gaining freedom, and survival in the colonies.
Chapter 12: Death—information about death, wills, and burials.
Chapter 13: Conclusion
The book also includes a Table of Contents, List of Illustrations (78), List of Tables (80), List of Figures (24), About the Authors, Acknowledgements, Authors' Notes, Abbreviations, Appendix (Classification of Offences), extensive Bibliography and Index. There are also sections related to the World Heritage Sites of Cascades Female Factory, Brickendon and Woolmers.