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.
And I promised to tell the story of what happened to Catherine and her children next…
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’?
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. ♦
* ‘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.