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Corruption and skullduggery : Edward Lord, Maria Riseley, and Hobart's tempetuous beginnings / Alison Alexander
Bib ID 6938204
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Alexander, Alison, 1949 September 23- author
 
Description Dynnyrne, TAS : Pillinger Press, 2015 
xi, 350 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), facsimiles (some colour), 1 genealogical table, maps (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 25 cm 
ISBN 9780646941158 (paperback)
Summary

" "It's 1805, and Maria Riseley - single, poor and pregnant - finds herself in the gloomy Female Factory, Parramatta. Her future looks bleak: separation from her baby then back to the round of housework and sex that is the lot of an assigned female convict. Then Edward Lord arrives. Young, aristocratic, imperious, he wants a woman. A lieutenant in the marines, he has been posted to the tiny new settlement at Hobart Town, where women are scarce. So he has come to Sydney, a much more pormising field." So begins the story of Edward and Maria, told by Alison Alexander. It's not just about two people from different social classes making their way in a new society; Alison uses their story to shine a light on early government in Van Diemen's Land, exposing the corruption and skullduggery that went on at all levels of administration, from the top down."--Back cover.

Notes

Features maps on endpapers, inside fold-out cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ANL NL copy signed by author.

Subjects Lord, Edward, 1781-1859.  |  Lord, Maria, 1778-1859.  |  Lord family.  |  Colonists -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Women convicts -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Businesspeople -- Tasmania -- Biography.  |  Corruption -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Crime -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Justice, Administration of -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Colonial administrators -- Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Penal colonies -- Social aspects -- Tasmania.  |  Hobart (Tas.) -- History -- 19th century.  |  Hobart (Tas.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.  |  Tasmania -- History -- 19th century.  |  Tasmania -- Social conditions -- 19th century.  |  Tasmania -- Biography.  |  Tasmania -- Genealogy.  |  Australian
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