"The strength of Convict Maids is the sytematic quantification of the indents in chapters 2 through 6. Valuable information is provided on subgroups: English versus, Irish...valuable comparisons are made with the overall populations of England and Ireland." Ralph Shlomowitz, Journal of Economic History
"...this is an excellent chapter in that long book toward unbiased recognition of the women of Australia." JPC
Looking at female convicts transported from Britain and Ireland to New South Wales between 1826 and 1840, this text refutes the notion that these women were unskilled prostitutes and criminals, arguing that in fact, they were skilled, literate, young and healthy.