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Single & Free: female migration to Australia, 1833 - 1837

New Updated Edition April 2011

by Elizabeth Rushen

Single & Free is about the scheme administered by the London Emigration Committee to assist free women to migrate to Australia from Great Britain and IreIand. In the 1830s, approximately 3,000 women took advantage of this scheme, representing an enormous influx to the population of the two eastern colonies of Australia.

The book analyses the women's motivations and life-experiences, challenging contemporary criticisms that  they were the 'sweepings of the gutters'. Many women migrated in family groups, or were joining family and friends in the colonies. They came from a wide cross-section of nineteenth-century society. They were bold and enterprising, and made ideal workers and wives in the new colonies.

Single & Free provides life histories of many of the women who took part in this scheme and provides an  index of all the women and their ship of arrival.

ISBN: 978-0-9803354-6-0

RRP: $39.95
Postage within Australia & NZ: $10.50
Postage outside Australasia: $20.00

 

 

 

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  Quarantined!

Quarantined! The 1837 Lady Macnaghten Immigrants

by Perry McIntyre & Elizabeth Rushen

Quarantined! is about the first full ship to bring Irish family migrants to Australia. When the Lady Macnaghten   set sail from Cork Harbour in October 1836 it contained over 400 emigrants, including 80 single women.

When the ship limped into Sydney Harbour in February 1837, disease was raging on board and the immigrants and crew were dying from typhoid. It was one of the first uses of Spring Cove as a quarantine station and one of the most deadly.

This is the story of these brave people who chose to leave Britain and pre-Famine Ireland in search of a new    beginning in a new country.

ISBN: 9780980335408                                                                                                                     RRP:$34.95
Postage within Australia & NZ: $7.50
Postage outside Australasia: $15.00

 

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  The Merchant's Women

The Merchant's Women

by Elizabeth Rushen & Perry McIntyre

The Merchant’s Women is the story of over 200 young single women who left Britain in 1833 in the first ship to carry women from England to settle in the emerging colony of New South Wales. The title of the book reflects the ship’s name, the Bussorah Merchant, and the concept that the sex and labour of the female passengers were saleable commodities.

While their labour and potential as wives and mothers were valued in the colony, the authors contend that the female migrants on the Bussorah Merchant were enterprising women who responded to advertisements which attracted them to migrate to far-away Australia. Each woman’s story is told in this book.

ISBN: 9780980335415                                                                                                                     RRP:$34.95
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Postage outside Australasia: $15.00

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