HAA007: BREAKOUT 1; Anson, hulk

Watercolour of a convict hulk with smaller boats carrying convicts in the foreground.  Sydney Living Museum website http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/stories/convict-hulks

Watercolour of a convict hulk with smaller boats carrying convicts in the foreground. Sydney Living Museum website http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/stories/convict-hulks
On arrival in Van Diemen’s land, Bridget Tahny served a six-month probation period on the hulk, Anson, a former British naval warship that had served as a hulk for convict women since 1844.  It was moored in the Derwent River off Queen’s Domain with the purpose of alleviating overcrowding at Cascade’s Female Factory.[1]  Up to 500 women were kept on the Anson at any one time where they worked making women’s clothing, men’s shirts and straw hats.[2]  Over 4,000 women went through this system between 1844 and 1849. [3]

Further information can be found on the Anson, on the Female Convicts Research Centre Site and Irene Schaffer's Website.

General information on prison hulks in Australia can be found on the Sydney Living Museums website.

[1] TAHO, CON41/1/16 Convict Records, Bridget Taheny. Damian King and Liz Schroeder, Catherine McMahon: A Remarkable Convict Woman (Australia: Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, 2012). Female Convicts Research Centre, ANSON PROBATION STATION, viewed 16 June 2016 http://www.femaleconvicts.org.au/index.php/convict-institutions/probation-stations/anson?highlight=WyJhbnNvbiJd

[2] Edwin Barnard, Exiled. The Port Arthur Convict Photographs (Canberra: National Library of Australia,2010).

[3] Irene Schaffer's Website, THE ANSON - HISTORY OF THE SHIP, http://www.tasfamily.net.au/~schafferi/index.php?file=kop27.php viewed 16 June 2016.

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