Yep – the topic of this week challenge is ~ 12 ~
So I’ve decided to put the spotlight on my 12 most ethically challenged ancestors and how they remediated that. Read on…
Edward had the most glorified job as a household waste collector in good Old London. One day, this impressionable 19-years old fella got to try on a fancy long coat and a pair of flashy boots (around $450 in today’s money) and walked away happily. He was spotted in the street by a fashion scout as he looked so good in the gear, that he was given an appointment at the Old Bailey to collect his prize.
Eddy scored a 7-years-long overseas trip away and ended up enjoying the world famous 8-months long trip, on a 5-star cruise ship ‘Scarborough’. He ended up at the “brand-new” resort called “Colony of Sydney”, arriving on 27th January 1788. He found the new surroundings, along with the other 700+ esteemed colleagues more to his taste that he never went back home to his family and friends.
Eddy hooked up with a lovely Welsh lass named Mary (#2) a few years later, and they managed to breed out 6 children, with one not going past the 2-years-old mark. He decided on a career change, having a go at farming and policing, kicking around at The Rocks, Parramatta, and Windsor. However, Eddy had to kick that particular bucket and left behind a cranky wife with 5 agitated kids picking up the mess.
Mary was nearly got onto the stage in front of the crowd, however, this 21 years old Welsh lass had her act together in time for a venture that would float better. Then, she figured out that, after dealing with the Death Fleet of 1790, it’s time for another change – something less briny and away from that horrible sea god, Neptune.
Mary felt that both the old Wales and the New South Wales are no different, just tad hotter and drier. But what’s worst – there were no readily available clothes for her to try on! Fortunately for her, a nice fella named Eddy (#1) saw through her terrible choices of clothes and begged her to share his wardrobe.
Alas, this was but a short and sweet scene for Mary for as soon after her last baby popped out, Eddy decided to take a dirt nap. This meant Mary had to clear out his end of the shared wardrobe, however, the task was too arduous for her that she took the same dirt nap a year later. Their kids were forced to couch surfing elsewhere in the area of Sydney and Parramatta.
#3 DAVID KNOWLAND (1762-1835)
David was found working on someone’s room in Shadwell at the East End, but the owner was not too pleased with his work. So he was pushed into signing up on a special 7-years service, with travelling as a perk. However, he regretted his decision to develop his sea legs 159 days later, as he had to endure the horrendous trip on the floating Death ship ‘Neptune’.
During his time at Colony of Sydney, David elected to work for the NSW Corps, guarding the town’s garrison against any reprobate leaks. A decade later, he discovered his true calling – as a food producer!
He produced, with the help of Mary, his special partner, a team of 5 hardy daughters. David also took in several homeless lads (one of them being Catharine’s boy – #4) to be part of the team, oversee his little empire of over 50 acres in a remote post called Airds.
#4 CATHARINE MALONE (1769-1841)
This Irish lass did not realise what she had done to herself when Catharine and her friend thought it would be fun to make $10K disappear in front of a guy. It took a sweet 157-days trip down to 5-years old ‘city’ via ‘Sugar Cane’ from Cork to contemplate on this disastrous move.
In the Colony of Sydney from 1793, Catharine had trouble keeping tracks of the 3 M – men, money, male offsprings of hers. It seems third time luck with Edward Bennett turned out better for her than previous 2 relationships. The first two men gave her 1 daughter (who did not lived past 2 years), and 4 sons – who didn’t grew up much with her. After trying out several stints, one of them being a washwoman, she elected to be a housewife, in a house that was child-free.
#5 Mary Smith (1774-1831)
#6 Sarah Madden (1788-1827)
For some bizarre reason, Sarah thought she could score a special trip to the Down Under to see her mother there by trying a choice cut of white meat without permission.
#7 John Turner (1792-1867)
#8 John Hockey (1803-1878)
#9 John Pallier (1799-1870)
#10 John H Duffy (1809-1868)
#11 James W Woods (1815-1902)
#12 Elizabeth Riley/Kelly (1809-1866)
By now, you would have worked this out – those are my 12 direct ancestors, who were convicted and transported to Australia between 1788 and 1832 – it is also known as ‘forced immigration’ because it usually means they never got to ‘return home’ at all. All 12 are listed in order of arrival to Australia as convicts.
Were yours like those? Share please.
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