Archive for June, 2010

Foxearth 100 club winners June 2010

The winners for the month of June were as follows

1st Prize John Stewart

2nd Prize Jacqui Jurgens

3rd Prize Mary Waite

4th Prize Brenda Poole

Thank you to all those taking part and good luck next time.

History Society – Transportation

On Tuesday 8th June 2010 the Foxearth and District Local History Society welcomed the well-known Suffolk author, Pip Wright, on a return visit. On his last appearance he gave us an amusing account of extracts from parish records entitled “Frolics, Fervour and Fornication” This time we were treated to a most illuminating talk about the 80 year history of the transportation of criminals from Suffolk to Australia. The deportation of convicted people to the colonies had been going on since about 1615 but with American independence in 1776 a new destination had to be found. It was Joseph Banks – a botanist who explored with Cook (hence Botany Bay) – who came up with the answer and in 1787 transportation to New South Wales began. Initially the system was chaotic; ships were privately owned and prisoners would be incarcerated, sometimes for three months before the ship sailed. Owners were keen to trade at the same time so the voyage to Australia would often be via such places as Brazil and Africa and take as long as a year. There was no medical care of prisoners and no segregation so infants were frequently born en voyage. There was an in-balance of sexes with sometimes as many as 10 times more men than women.Transportation was usually ordered for second or third offenders – regardless of how serious or trivial the “previous” had been – and on arrival there was often little supervision as it was difficult to persuade warders to go. The Scottish reformer, Lachlan Macquarie, who became Governor of New South Wales was a major influence in the transition of the state from a penal colony to a free settlement.
In all about 2,500 prisoners from Suffolk were transported perhaps the most famous being Margaret Catchpole – about whom the speaker has written a book. This domestic servant stole a horse from her employers, the Cobbold family, to follow her boyfriend to London. A death sentence was commuted and in Australia she achieved some fame as a midwife.

Mr Wright illustrated his talk with many particular examples, slides and he sang – most musically and to his own guitar accompaniment – three appropriate ballads on the themes of hard luck stories and Australia . This was a great evening’s entertainment for which Pip was warmly thanked by Chairman, Alan Fitch.

The Chairman announced that a grant from the Essex Community Foundation had enabled the Society to buy a LCD projector and a lap top computer.

Ken Nice

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