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History Week: Kiera Lindsey - The Convict's Daughter

Event Information

  • 8 Sep 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

The Convict's Daughter

It was a dark and stormy night in Sydney 1848, when 15-year-old Mary Ann Gill stole out her bedroom window to elope with a wayward gentleman settler. Discovering his daughter’s disappearance, her furious father chased the couple to a local racecourse and then fired two pistols at his daughter’s suitor, only narrowly missing his target.

What followed became Australia’s most scandalous abduction trial of the era, as well as an extraordinary story of adventure and misadventure, both in Australia and abroad. Through humiliation and heartache, betrayal and bankruptcy, Mary Ann hung on to James’ promise to marry her.

The Convict's Daughter is a compelling biography traces the life of a Currency Lass who was born at a time when convicts worked the streets of Sydney and came of age during a period of dramatic social and political change. With little more than a newspaper clipping, historian Kiera Lindsey uncovered the eventful life of her great, great, great aunt, recreating this story in a way that Professor Penny Russell says ‘fearlessly carves a new path between history and fiction’.