November 1 - 7, 2015: Issue 238
The Girl Who Stole Stockings by Elsbeth Hardie: A True Story of Susannah Noon
Green Hills - 1803 - Image No.: a1313052h, Courtesy State Library of NSW.
This book gives some non fiction insights into Windsor (then called Green Hills) in the years after Andrew Thompson has passed away: the building on the far left is the Government Cottage, the next two-story white building is the Church-schoolhouse where Susannah Noon married William Dockerell. The next building to the right is the Government Grain Store while the three-storied yellow building is the Military Barracks. William Dockerell worked on the farm owned by Governor Bligh - an enterprise Andrew Thompson originally was overseer for.
A recent visitor to Manly, Elsbeth Hardie, spoke to us recently regarding searching for her great, great, great grandmother, Susannah Noon, work that took over seven years to trace those small threads and see how they wove together. In doing so she has produced a work, The Girl Who Stole Stockings, that traces the lives of women transported on the convict ship Friends which arrived in Sydney on October 10th, 1811.
Unlike other transports, virtually no records of the Friends’ voyage remain. In their absence, Ms Hardie has had to plough through early court records, colonial files and family history accounts to piece together what happened to the women after they arrived.
On Thursday arrived the Friends transport, Capt. Ralph, from England, having on board 100 female prisoners, all of whom are arrived in a healthy state.SHIP NEWS. (1811, October 12 - Thursday). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628340
While most of the women transported on Friends had been convicted of theft, there was also a young murderer on board and a woman who had tried to kidnap a child, both rare crimes among the women who were transported to New South Wales; more usually they earned a death sentence.
View of the west side of the Cove, ca. 1809 / attributed to George W. Evans: Date estimated by reference to foundations of the Commissariat store which began in January 1809. The National Trust (Great Britain) owns a watercolour said to be inscribed in ink on the back `South West View of the town of Sydney in New South Wales, A.D. 1810, which is the same. This is Sydney Cove - Image No.: a1528610, courtesy State Library of NSW.
The New Hawkesbury Sloop, built at the Green Hills, Mr A Thompson, owner, came round for the first time on Monday 1st, with 1160 Bushels of Wheat, on from Cornwallis Farm, cultivated by Government, and could have taken in with safety 250 more. This vessel called the Nancy, was built under the sole management and direction of Mr. Kelly, formerly chief mate of the Eliza whaler, who also navigates her. Her computed burthen is 40 tons, carries 5 men, and has 4 swivels mounted on her quarter railing. Connoiseurs find no other fault with her than on account of her being rather "shallow in the Bow." SYDNEY. (1803, October 23). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article625840
On Tuesday arrived in Broken bay the Ann, Capt. Gwynn, and Ann & William, Capt. Gardner, both south whalers; the former with 1300 and the latter 800 barrels of Spermaceti oil. SHIP NEWS. (1805, October 27). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), p. 1. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article626949
Port Underwood, Marlborough, New Zealand by Phillip Capper
Port Underwood is a sheltered harbour which forms the north-east extension of Cloudy Bay at the northeast of New Zealand's South Island, on the east coast of the Marlborough Sounds. With only a relatively narrow entrance to the south-south-east it is sheltered from almost all winds. Originally considered part of Cloudy Bay the port was named after Joseph Underwood of the shipping firm Kable and Underwood in the early 19th century.
page by A J Guesdon, 2015.