Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|This woman had her daughter taken off her because she was considered to 'a woman of abandoned character'. What was her name?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
Anne Fowles. The child, Mary Fowles, was sent to Norfolk Island and provision was made for the produce of five acres of land to provide for her support and education. There is no evidence that mother and daughter were ever reunited.
|In August 1789 Sarah Bellamy was involved in a disturbance when a drunken officer, Captain James Meredith, tried to climb into her hut through a window. Sarah and her child screamed with fear so loudly the nightwatch arrived. She was arrested. What was the result of the hearing concerning this incident?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
All charges against her were dropped. James Keltie (naval officer) who was with Meredith at the time of the incident said 'he did not want to sleep with her, he only wanted to sleep on the hearthstone if she would let him in.'
|Lieutenant Ralph Clarke wrote in his diary about this woman. He said 'It is a thousand pittious that She is abandoned Woman for She is in figure a fine woman and has got a handsome face.' What was her name?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
Elizabeth Pipkin. When her child did in 1790 Clarke wrote 'It is good that it is dead poor thing for the mother took no care of it.'
Escaping from the colony in a small boat. In 1791, the couple with their two children, and seven male convicts escaped from Sydney. They sailed up the Australian coast and finally landed in Timor, a voyage of 3,254 miles. They were arrested and sent to Batavia, where Bryant and the couple's baby son died of fever. Arrangement were made for the others to be sent back to England but Mary's daughter and three of the men died on the way. Mary was eventually pardoned of her crimes.
|Elizabeth Thackery was the last known female survivor of the First Fleet. She was sentenced in 1786 to seven years transportation for the theft of what?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
Five handkerchiefs. Elizabeth married another first Fleeter, Samuel King. She died in Tasmania on August 7, 1856. Her headstone claimed that she was 'The first white woman to set foot in Australia.' It is not known if this was true or not.
They drowned when a boat overturned. Eleanor's husband, Christopher Magee, managed to swim to shore with his daughter but their little girl didn't survive. Magee buried his wife and child near the door of his house. He used to pour rum over Eleanor's grave declaring 'how well she had loved it during her life.'
|Before she married Richard Robinson in 1792, Ann Inett had two sons to 2nd Lt Philip Gidley King who had been made commandant of the settlement on Norfolk Island. (He later became Governor of New South Wales). What were the names of the two sons?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
Norfolk and Sydney. Norfolk was the first child born on Norfolk Island. Both boys were educated in England by their father and became officers in the Royal Navy.
The first school teacher. Isabella married William Richardson in 1789. In 1790 she and her husband started children in the colony. It was an occupation that they continued with until 1810.
First woman to be hanged in Australia. Anne had been transported for the theft of 8 pairs of silk stockings. She was found guilty in 1789 of the theft of clothing belonging to another convict. She tried to plead pregnancy but this was disproved and she was hung on November 23. She was about 30 years old.
|Esther Abrahams, a young Jewish girl, caught the eye of 2nd Lt George Johnston on the voyage out. They were to spend the rest of their lives as a couple. In what year were they married?||The First Fleet - Convict Women
1814. Esther was convicted of stealing some black lace. She gave birth to a baby girl while in prison in England. The child sailed with her. She was to have seven more children to Johnston.
252 days. 184 days were spent at sea while the rest 68 days were spent in various ports along the way, like Rio de Janeiro, etc.
|How many children were born to convict women during the course of the journey?||The First Fleet
6. Out of the 6 children, 4 survived.
23. This was an extremely low death rate at that time, attributed to the skills of Captain Phillips.
Lady Penrhyn. The Lady Penrhyn carried 101 female convicts.
11. There were two ships from the Royal Navy, six convict ships and three store ships.
1,487. It included 759 convicts, 13 children of convicts, 206 marines with 46 members of their families, 20 officials, 210 seamen of the Royal Navy and 233 merchant seamen.
|The captain was worried about this disease, so he took plenty of food high in vitamin C content to combat this particular disease. Which disease am I talking about?||The First Fleet
Scurvy. In fact, he also grew certain foods on board; beans were grown on dampened strips of cloth.
Captain Arthur Phillip. Captain Phillip was made the first governor of the colony where these convicts were brought. This colony was named New South Wales.
Captain John Hunter was second-in-command.