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Catherine McMahon

This meticulously researched story of Catherine McMahon is unusual in that it not only covers her time as a convict in Van Diemen's Land but also her life before, and perhaps more importantly, after she became a Pass Convict. The lives of her two husbands are also covered. First John Copley, a Yorkshire man convicted of sheep stealing, who survived a term on Norfolk Island, before meeting and marrying Catherine. They struggled for permission to marry, established a business, were declared insolvent and moved, illegally, to Victoria. They lived and raised a family on the Victorian goldfields before selecting land at Jallukar, near Stawell. Their lives pre and post convict are covered giving a detailed picture of the times. John died in 1876 and Catherine struggled to keep the land. She fought a bushfire, the Lands Department, land selection laws prejudiced against women, the local Shire Council and squatters. She won. She sold the land in 1888 and three years later married Thomas May.

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781921719509
Author(s): Damien King
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Year: 2012
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
Pages: 320

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