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The convict's daughter : the scandal that shocked a colony / Kiera Lindsey
Bib ID 7382392
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Lindsey, Kiera, author
 
Description Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017 
©2016 
xiv, 322 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour), one colour map, facsimiles ; 20 cm 
ISBN 9781760630928 (paperback)
Summary

One wet autumn evening in 1848, fifteen-year-old Mary Ann Gill stole out of a bedroom window in her father's Sydney hotel and took a coach to a local racecourse. There she was to elope with James Butler Kinchela, wayward son of the former Attorney-General. Her enraged father pursued them on horseback and fired two pistols at his daughter's suitor, narrowly avoiding killing him. What followed was Australia's most scandalous abduction trial of the era, as well as an extraordinary story of adventure and misadventure, both in Australia and abroad. Through humiliation, heartache, bankruptcy and betrayal, Mary Ann hung on to James' promise to marry her. This is a compelling biography of a currency lass born when convicts were still working the streets of Sydney. Starting with just a newspaper clipping, historian Kiera Lindsey has uncovered the world of her feisty great, great, great aunt, who lived and loved during a period of dramatic social and political change.

Notes

First published in 2016.

Includes bibliographic references (pages 306-316) and index.

Subjects Gill, M. L.  |  Gill, Mary Ann.  |  Gill, Martin.  |  Kinchela, James Butler.  |  Children of criminals -- New South Wales -- 19th century -- Biography.  |  Biography.  |  Teenage girls -- New South Wales -- 19th century -- Biography.  |  Women -- New South Wales -- 19th century -- Biography.  |  Trials (Assault and battery) -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Elopement -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Trials (Kidnapping) -- New South Wales -- Sydney.  |  Women -- New South Wales -- Biography.  |  New South Wales -- History -- 19th century.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biographies.
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