What's on: September 2015
CONVICT MOTHERS OF AUSTRALIA
15 September - 3 October
Opening with artist
Wednesday 16 September from 6pm
Almost 25,000 mostly young working class girls were transported to Australia, sent to become wives and servants of men, to ‘civilize’ and populate the new country.
Once in Australia women were assigned as servants or allocated to men as wives. Until a Female Factory was built in Parramatta in 1821 there was little accommodation for them. Factories served as holding depot, hospital, nursery and gaol, continuing the government’s intrusion into their lives. This included removing their children into Orphan Schools at age three.
Women were not passive victims, however, and found ways to resist and defy the institutions surrounding them. This series explores their experiences, realistically or symbolically.
Free Public Lecture:
Dr Tanya Evans, writer and Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern History, Macquarie University
Friday, 2 October from 11am