My convicts: new Aussie history blog coming soon

UPDATE

Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, Cumberland Hospital, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Family on the inside

So what happened to Catherine Dixon my great, great, great, great grandmother?

She was transported to New South Wales and then was ‘sent down’* to the Parramatta Female Factory in 1838 with her six-year-old daughter. I followed her footsteps at the ‘Factory’ with my camera. I looked into what life would have been like for the two of them inside the 16 foot stone walls.

See my earlier posts, A Convict in the Tree and A Convict Inside

And I promised to tell the story of what happened to Catherine and her children next…

And then…

Looking into the records I found something weird…

an odd error turned into something strange, turned into something very fishy…

Are the records the sloppy work of the superintendent and the oddities just a weird string of ‘errors’?

Or

is there a chain of children ‘swapping’ going on?

I’m sorry to keep you hanging but it requires more digging to sort out my suspicions…

And now that my history bent has taken flight on this blog, I’m going to start an Australian history / family history blog for the stories that don’t quite fit here on Daytripper Sippers.

It’ll be a week yet. I’ll keep you posted when it’s up and running.

And Catherine Dixon, my family convict (and others), will have a home of her own.  ♦

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* ‘sent down’ – sent to prison or gaol / jail,

In Catherine’s case, she was ‘sent down’ to the Female Factory in Parramatta, a penitentiary, workhouse, refuge and convict women’s hospital near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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5 comments on “My convicts: new Aussie history blog coming soon

  1. trina59 says:

    I am looking forward to that new blog!

  2. This sounds intriguing… Look forward to hearing more!

    • It’s a work in progress but I think I’ll just get it up and running this week and work it out as I go along.
      I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of everyday people – now and in the past. I love hunting for the places and things that show how they lived. So the new blog will be for sharing what I’ve discovered on my history trails. Hope you enjoy, CC.

    • Oooh – sounds extremely exciting! We love reading about history and particularly about everyday people like us and what their lives were like! It’s almost like detective work trying to piece everything together!
      Good luck and we look forward to it 🙂

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