The Convict Slave Girls


The true story of Constance aged 10 and Elizabeth aged 12, the only two female children ever transported to NSW as convicts. Slaves in Mauritius, they were convicted of attempted murder, but the tragic incident would not have happened if only they had been able to read. The book describes their experiences aboard the small trading ship, Dart, their sojourn in the Parramatta Female Fatory, their assignment as needlewomen to two fashionable young ladies and their efforts to watch the Governor's ball which ended in disaster.



by Beverley Earnshaw