Book Launch

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

Rajah's granddaughter, Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips with husband Gary

Books for Sale 

Colette McAlpine ready to sell lots of copies of Patchwork Prisoners

Judith and Robyn

Judith Wood and Robyn Bradshaw in the back row, Bernadette Dewhurst-Phillips perusing Patchwork Prisoners biographies

Trudy and Christina

Author Trudy Cowley in discussion with Christina Henri

NZ descendants

Authors Dianne Snowden and Trudy Cowley book-ending descendants of convict Sarah Green from New Zealand

Attending friends

Friends of author Trudy Cowley attending the launch—Leanne, Jenny, Margaret

Ann Mack descendants

Descendants of convict Ann Mack—Denise, Barbara and Joanna

Ann Mack descendants

Ian Byers and Denise Gladwin, descendants of convict Ann Mack

Hannah Brown descendant

Helen Hardie, descendant of convict Hannah Brown, perusing Patchwork Prisoners

MC

 Master of Ceremonies, Bob Gordon, welcoming everyone

 Premier of Tasmania

Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier of Tasmania, launching Patchwork Prisoners, with MC Bob Gordon

Premier of Tasmania

Hon. Lara Giddings, Premier of Tasmania, launching Patchwork Prisoners

Authors

 

Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden listening to the Premier

Judith Cornish

Judith Cornish performing a piece from Louisa's Walk

Author

Author Dianne Snowden thanking the Premier, watched by MC Bob Gordon

Descendants

Descendants of Rajah convicts who attended the launch, with authors Dianne Snowden and Trudy Cowley

Author

Author Trudy Cowley amusing Premier Lara Giddings and author Dianne Snowden with her speech

Author

Author Trudy Cowley demonstrating the volume of biographies of the 180 Rajah convicts

Naughty Corner

Girls in the 'naughty corner'—author Trudy Cowley, Premier Lara Giddings, author Dianne Snowden

Authors with Premier

Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden book-ending the Premier of Tasmania, Hon. Lara Giddings

Authors, Premier and Descendant

Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with Premier Lara Giddings and descendant Loretta Polley

Authors with Premier

Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with Premier Lara Giddings

Authors with descendant

Authors Trudy Cowley and Dianne Snowden with descendant Penny Jennings

descendants

Descendant of convict Eliza Riley, Loretta Polley with others

cashed up

Alison Alexander and Judith Wood show how well book sales went

Descendant and Christina

Descendant of convict Sarah Green, Judith Stehr from New Zealand, with Christina Henri

 

 Photos by Dan Taylor

Rajah Convicts

A list of the 180 female convicts transported on the Rajah from England to Hobart in 1841, with links to their online convict records.

More information on each of the convicts is provided in the book Patchwork Prisoners and the biographies (you need to be a registered user to access the biographies).

* = identified as a potential quilter

 

Convict   Name Age Police No. Conduct Record Description List
Mary Adshead 34 136 conduct record description list
Agnes Agnew 23 139 conduct record description list
Jane Alcock 31 137 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Alexander* 20 135 conduct record description list
Margaret Anderson 57 141 conduct record description list
Catherine Angus* 50 140 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Archer 21 138 conduct record description list
Mary Bailey* 19 472 conduct record description list
Sarah Bailey 16 484 conduct record description list
Mary Bannan 18 485 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Barnes 37 470 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Barrett 18 487 conduct record description list
Sarah Beckwith 18 477 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Bell 20 482 conduct record description list
Petus Bevington* 22 488 conduct record description list
Ann Bogle 21 474 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Boiley 40 480 conduct record description list
Jean Bowie* 48 475 conduct record description list
Charlotte Boyce 21 486 conduct record description list
Ann Brace* 20 481 conduct record description list
Ann Brown* 30 476 conduct record description list
Eliza Brown 21 483 conduct record description list
Mary Brown 41 473 conduct record description list
Hannah Brown* 22 471 conduct record description list
Caroline Burt 15 478 conduct record description list
Jane Burt 17 479 conduct record description list
Jane Cale* 22 435 conduct record description list
Margaret Callaghan 26 438 conduct record description list
Jean Campbell 25 444 conduct record description list
Ann Chapman* 23 433 conduct record description list
Jane Chapman* 27 434 conduct record description list
Isabella Clapperton* 33 443 conduct record description list
Mary Clark 22 441 conduct record description list
Eliza Clarke 22 439 conduct record description list
Margaret Clarke 32 436 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Clayton* 19 432 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Cleaveland 56 431 conduct record description list
Mary Copping* 19 442 conduct record description list
Louisa Dale* 34 295 conduct record description list
Ann Davenport 49 297 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Davis 17 300 conduct record description list
Eliza Deans* 22 302 conduct record description list
Sarah Dennerly 54 298 conduct record description list
Agnes Dogherty 60 304 conduct record description list
Mary Donovan 1st 21 296 conduct record description list
Mary Donovan 2nd 19 301 conduct record description list
Charlotte Dundas* 25 303 conduct record description list
Ann Dyer* 22 299 conduct record description list
Jane Edwards 19 92 conduct record description list
Sarah Esp 30 94 conduct record description list
Matilda Ewer 27 93 conduct record description list
Maria Feans* 19 199 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Fisher 22 196 conduct record description list
Catherine Fleming 22 198 conduct record description list
Johannah Fogerty 24 194 conduct record description list
Mary Ford 27 197 conduct record description list
Rose Ford 13 200 conduct record description list
Lidia French 37 195 conduct record description list
Georgiana Gatehouse* 29 256 conduct record description list
Mary Girdwood 24 258 conduct record description list
Mary Goulding 21 253 conduct record description list
Ellen Graham 23 257 conduct record description list
Sophia Grantham* 20 254 conduct record description list
Frances Green 22 251 conduct record description list
Sarah Green 25 252 conduct record description list
Jane Hamilton 17 398 conduct record description list
Mary Hampson 22 405 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Harrigan* 22 412 conduct record description list
Mary Harrington 22 399 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Harrison 33 401 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Hawkins 30 403 conduct record description list
Ann Headspeth 17 411 conduct record description list
Betsey Heald 17 404 conduct record description list
Jane Henly 22 402 conduct record description list
Ellen Holden 23 406 conduct record description list
Ann Horne 18 414 conduct record description list
Jane Houghton 34 407 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Howarth 27 409 conduct record description list
Catherine Hughes 22 408 conduct record description list
Sarah Hughes 23 400 conduct record description list
Catherine Hunter 18 410 conduct record description list
Mary Hutcheson* 25 413 conduct record description list
Ruth Jackson 22 199 conduct record description list
Jane Johnson 1st 38 201 conduct record description list
Jane Johnson 2nd 20 202 conduct record description list
Mary Johnson 23 200 conduct record description list
Ann Jones 1st 20 195 conduct record description list
Ann Jones 2nd 33 196 conduct record description list
Jane Jones 23 197 conduct record description list
Phoebe Jones* 24 198 conduct record description list
Rachael Jones* 26 193 conduct record description list
Mary Joy 18 194 conduct record description list
Ann Kelly 24 167 conduct record description list
Mary Ann King 22 166 conduct record description list
Amelia Laing 24 229 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Lee* 19 227 conduct record description list
Catherine Lowry 20 226 conduct record description list
Sarah Lucas* 21 225 conduct record description list
Mary Lynch 22 224 conduct record description list
Mary Lyon 26 223 conduct record description list
Ann Mack* 19 340 conduct record description list
Sarah Maggs 22 343 conduct record description list
Sarah Maltman 20 345 conduct record description list
Caroline Mander* 21 337 conduct record description list
Ellen Marr 18 348 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Marsh 19 339 conduct record description list
Elizabeth McClewer 38 437 conduct record description list
Mary Ann McGilligan 16 255 conduct record description list
Grace McGunnigall 23 259 conduct record description list
Jane McLauchlan 25 230 conduct record description list
Christina McLeod* 21 228 conduct record description list
Margaret Miller 23 346 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Millward 48 344 conduct record description list
Sarah Morris* 20 342 conduct record description list
Ann Muir 25 347 conduct record description list
Eleanor Murphy 34 338 conduct record description list
Maria Musgrove* 28 341 conduct record description list
Margaret Neillis* 20 83 conduct record description list
Mary O'Connor 25 440 conduct record description list
Ellen O'Neill 27 82 conduct record description list
Louisa Paddick* 21 207 conduct record description list
Sarah Parfitt 40 209 conduct record description list
Janet Paterson 22 210 conduct record description list
Hannah Perry 16 206 conduct record description list
Sarah Pindar 50 208 conduct record description list
Ann Raines 34 223 conduct record description list
Harriett Ratcliffe 26 227 conduct record description list
Susannah Rawcliffe 18 228 conduct record description list
Eliza Redman* 17 224 conduct record description list
Mary Richardson 20 226 conduct record description list
Jane Rickard 34 225 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Riley 2nd 21 229 conduct record description list
Eliza Riley 1st 18 222 conduct record description list
Jane Roberts* 25 220 conduct record description list
Jane Robertson 17 233 conduct record description list
Janet Robertson 19 231 conduct record description list
Nancey Robertson 17 234 conduct record description list
Mary Rook* 26 221 conduct record description list
Sarah Rose 29 230 conduct record description list
Joan Russell 22 232 conduct record description list
Margaret Scragg 26 445 conduct record description list
Ann Screech 37 447 conduct record description list
Margaret Shaw 47 441 conduct record description list
Mary Sim 25 454 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Slater 1st* 23 448 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Slater 2nd 34 451 conduct record description list
Eliza Smith 18 444 conduct record description list
Mary Julia Smith 1st 26 450 conduct record description list
Mary Smith 2nd 38 439 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Smith* 26 452 conduct record description list
Mary Smith 3rd* 26 443 conduct record description list
Margaret Speirs 26 456 conduct record description list
Hester Spreadborough 25 453 conduct record description list
Grace Stevens 17 446 conduct record description list
Christian Stevenson 49 455 conduct record description list
Mary Sullivan 1st 28 440 conduct record description list
Mary Sullivan 2nd 35 442 conduct record description list
Margarett Sweet 31 449 conduct record description list
Jane Taylor 16 170 conduct record description list
Sarah Taylor 1st* 25 171 conduct record description list
Sarah Taylor 2nd* 25 175 conduct record description list
Mary Thompson 24 173 conduct record description list
Emily Turner 23 174 conduct record description list
Sarah Turton 34 172 conduct record description list
Catherine Warren 30 417 conduct record description list
Sophia Weller* 24 413 conduct record description list
Margaret Welsh 21 414 conduct record description list
Elizabeth Weston* 22 409 conduct record description list
Sarah Wetherall 22 420 conduct record description list
Mary Ann Whitmore 28 410 conduct record description list
Maria Wicks* 22 415 conduct record description list
Margaret Williams 24 423 conduct record description list
Martha Williams 32 416 conduct record description list
Jane Wilson 21 412 conduct record description list
Mary Wilson 41 419 conduct record description list
Margaret Wood 22 418 conduct record description list
Sarah Phoebe Woodhouse* 53 424 conduct record description list
Louisa Woolger 16 421 conduct record description list
Ann Wright 23 422 conduct record description list
Mary Wright 33 411 conduct record description list

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patchwork Prisoners

Patchwork Prisoners front cover

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.

An outline of the book is provided below. View images of the launch.

Read an article on the Quilt, Stitches in time: the Rajah Quilt, published in The Australian on 15 June 2013. View the Quilt on display at QAGOMA.

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.

 

Book Outline

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.

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