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Convict Maids

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1. Elizabeth: a note on data and method; 2. Mercury's charges: the crimes of convict women; 3. Piso's justice: Irish and English offenders; 4. Economic accoutrements: the skills of convict women; 5. Ireland's distant shores: working life in Ireland; 6. England's castaways: working life in England; 7. Colonial requirements: coerced and free immigrants; 8. Misconceptions; 9. Britain's loss/Australia's gain?; Concluding remarks.


'... raises a wealth of stimulating new questions about convict women, the colonial enterprise, both British and Australian society and, indeed, about the very bases of economic analysis.' Australian Feminist Studies

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