Margaret Catchpole – her life and letters

Laurie Chater Forth

Margaret Catchpole was just one among the thousands of convicts transported to New South Wales but she was the only one whose name has rarely been absent from print since the day in August 1797 when she stood before the Bury Summer Assizes and heard her first death sentence announced.

Through the eleven letters she wrote to friends and family in Suffolk, presented together possibly for the first time, this book investigates and reinstates the life story of the woman whose identity became so blurred she was thought to be a myth – or someone else. It is one woman’s eyewitness account of floods, hardships loneliness recorded by this remarkable convict woman whose voice speaks for the many forgotten ones whose hard labour built the foundations of European Australia.

Available from L Forth, PO Box 64, Richmond NSW 2753. Send cheque or money order $31.50 includes P&P (within Australia). OS enquiries, moc.d1521670100nopgi1521670100b@65715216701002eiru1521670100al1521670100

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