The book is about the 236 convicts who were transported aboard the 6th voyage of the convict transport ship ‘Mangles’ to New South Wales in December 1832, none of whom knew what fate had in store for them. It is about who they were, what they did to be transported and what happened to them.
The inspiration for it comes from a distant ancestor of mine; a Pembrokeshire farm labourer convicted of horse stealing and transported for life, and who 10 years after arriving in Australia married an Irish girl. They had children, who died in infancy, and 17 years after arriving in Australia and having gained his freedom they sailed for San Francisco, and 18 years after that applied to become a US citizen. I thought that he couldn’t be the only one with a tale to tell and that’s proven to be the case.
The ages of the men and boys ranged from just 13 years old to 54, and between them they left behind 46 wives and 133 children. Their crimes ranged from horse stealing, to counterfeiting, to burglary, to mugging, to stealing apples. They were sent from all corners of the United Kingdom, and one had even been sent from Guyana in South America. They came from all walks of life: labourers, sailors, tradesmen, soldiers, urchins and craftsmen; the educated and the uneducated.
Whilst many of the convicts’ stories are brief and quite ordinary the unique feature of this book is I believe that no one else has set out to look at one entire set of convicts who just happened to be on the same transport ship.
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Megan is a retired Commercial Director from the construction, engineering, transport, infrastructure, and finance sectors, who has lived and worked in both the UK and overseas. For many years Megan has had an interest in history and genealogy, which she have been able to pursue more actively since retiring, and has written a few articles for the Gwynedd Family History Society publication “Gwynedd Roots”, which have been published since 2012. This is the first book that that Megan has written.