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Caroline A Forell

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Convicts, Thieves, Domestics And Wives In Colonial Australia: The Rebellious Lives Of Ellen Murphy And Jane New, Caroline A. Forell Jan 2012

Convicts, Thieves, Domestics And Wives In Colonial Australia: The Rebellious Lives Of Ellen Murphy And Jane New, Caroline A. Forell

Caroline A Forell

This Article examines the lives of two female convicts who rebelled against the law and the Australian penal system in the early nineteenth century. It follows Ellen Murphy and Jane New from their first arrests through their experiences with and exits from the penal system. As thieves, convicts, domestics, and wives, Ellen and Jane interacted repeatedly with the law. Both the notorious Jane (who was the subject of a habeas corpus action in In re Jane New), and the more representative Ellen, began thieving as young teenagers in the teeming cities of England. The law arrested, tried, and convicted them ...