Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Convict Lives at the Launceston Female Factory
Convict Women's Press
The Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Lara Giddings, was official guest speaker at the launch.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
When Archbishop Patrick Delaney travelled from Hobart to Wynyard to lay the foundation stone on May 28, 1911, he saw the plans and said it was far too large and grandiose, and made Father T. J. O'Donnell move the stone 6 m (20 feet). After the Archbishop departed, Father T. J. moved the stone back to it's original position.
The O'Neill family provided the iron, and together with the Brewster family donated the original altar for the new church.
|Interior of St Brigids, Archbishop Adrian Doyle|
The church shares design features with Westminster Cathedral in London, completed in 1903. The design of red brick with light bands is known colloquially as 'blood and bandages'.
Westminster Cathedral, London 2004
Westminster Cathedral Precint, London, 2004
We also visited the 'Wonders of Wynyard' exhibition of vintage transport, and I discovered another treasure, a Singer No. 3 treadle.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Dr Trudy Cowley contacted me a couple of months ago with an interesting request :). Could I photograph a window, in the Catholic Church at Wynyard? Well, sure, I reckon I could do that. And guess what, there's a family connection - for me. The window is dedicated to Bridget Brewster. Ok.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I knew that it said in Grace's convict records that she had one prior conviction for theft of fabric. In the West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, Friday the 10th of January 1840, it was reported that at the Penzance Quarter sessions of the previous Monday (6th January) Grace STEVENS, 15, pleaded guilty to stealing a piece of cotton print, from the shop of Mr. Tucker, Draper, and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.
Her second conviction, that earned her the sentence of transportation to Van Diemen's Land, was reported in the Cornwall Gazette on Friday 17th July 1840. This report says her trial had taken place on Tuesday of that week, the 14th of July. This one is not on-line.
On Google Books I found the Sixth Report of Inspectors of Prisons of Great Britain, to the House of Commons, 1841. Prison Inspector for the Southern and Western area, of Great Britain, Dr Francis Bisset Hawkins (an eminent physician and social reformer), visited the Penzance Town Gaol and House of Correction on 16th July 1840.
Born in 1796, Dr Hawkins, wrote the first book on medical statistics in English in 1829. The book was influential in the use of hospital records and in the insertion of cause of death in registration documents. He was a prolific author in the fields of industrial medicine and public health.
He held the important offices of factory commissioner, to which he was appointed in 1833; of inspector of prisons, in 1836; and of metropolitan commissioner in lunacy, in 1842. In 1847-48 he was commissioner for the government of the Model prison at Pentonville, and in 1858 was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Dorsetshire. In his Report on the Health and Condition of the Manufacturing Districts, he strongly recommended the diminution of the hours of labour for children and women; and suggested the creation of public gardens or parks at Manchester.
His picture above is from the British Medical Journal of January 1895, published after his death in December 1894. To think that Grace saw this man in 1840, is really incredible.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Convict Women's Press is a group that publishes stories about women convicts, their lives, their crimes, and how they fared in later life. The 'Convict Lives' series currently has books about the Cascades Female Factory and the Ross Female Factory. The books contain a set of short stories for selected convict women, who were in some way connected to one of the female factories.
The current project is the Launceston Female Factory. Grace spent some time in the Launceston Female Factory in early 1843. I am writing up her story to contribute to the book. She may or may not make the final cut :)