The Girl From Botany Bay: The True Story of the Convict Mary Broad and her Extraordinary Escape by Carolly Erickson
Publisher:Pan MacMillan Australia
Secondhand. Good condition. Ex library copy with external stickers and protective plastic covering. Partial date due on inside page. Wear to page edges. Pages are sunned.
In The Girl from Botany Bay, distinguished historian and biographer Carolly Erickson tells Mary Bryant's (nee Broad) remarkable story at full length for the first time. The story of a woman whose impoverished Cornwall childhood led to a life of outlaw daring and thievery, then to harsh imprisonment and exile.
Erickson recounts Mary's bold ventures from her point of view, beginning with her conviction and death sentence for highway robbery. Reprieved, she was sent to New South Wales to serve her time, one of the dozens of female convicts chosen as sexual companions for the hundreds of male convicts destined for settlement in the remote continent of Australia.
From Mary's perilous sea journey to Botany Bay and Sydney Cove to the inhuman conditions at the penal colony to the risky escape to the Indonesian island of Timor and the horrors of the sail back to England during which Mary's husband and two children died of disease, the story is harrowing yet heroic.
The epic story of Mary Bryant, the brave and resourceful girl from Botany Bay, is compelling narrative nonfiction at its very best. (publisher blurb)