The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women

The Tin Ticket The Heroic Journey of Australia s Convict Women The convict women who built a continent A moving and fascinating story Adam Hochschild author of King Leopold s Ghost The Tin Ticket takes readers to the dawn of the nineteenth century and into the l

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  • Title: The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women
  • Author: Deborah J. Swiss
  • ISBN: 9780425243077
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • The convict women who built a continent A moving and fascinating story Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold s Ghost The Tin Ticket takes readers to the dawn of the nineteenth century and into the lives of three women arrested and sent into suffering and slavery in Australia and Tasmania where they overcame their fates unlike any women in the world It also tells tThe convict women who built a continent A moving and fascinating story Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold s Ghost The Tin Ticket takes readers to the dawn of the nineteenth century and into the lives of three women arrested and sent into suffering and slavery in Australia and Tasmania where they overcame their fates unlike any women in the world It also tells the tale of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who touched all their lives Ultimately, this is a story of women who, by sheer force of will, became the heart and soul of a new nation.

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    1. Take an interesting story, do impeccable research, then ruin it all with extravagant prose and over-emotional drama – that’s The Tin Ticket. Nothing speaks more for the need of a good editor than this book. The writing is bad. There are too many adjectives used and after a while one does get tired of the ‘stately Quaker’ and the ‘grey eyed lass’ and would prefer a return to the simpler Elizabeth and Agnes. Also, I know you are talking about a Scottish girl but can you dispense with t [...]

    2. A fascinating, thoroughly researched topic but a difficult book to rate. Do I give it a four for it's research and details, or a three for the irritating writing and lack of balance? What happened to the editor? The initial pages are so full of florid writing (no noun appears without several adjectives attached!) and, for goodness sake - her name was AGNES - why do we need "the grey eyed girl" again and again?I nearly gave up but the topic is so interesting that I gritted my teeth, put off my Tu [...]

    3. The reviews from readers of this book are all over the map, some harsh, others full of praise. The book did not seem overwrought to me, but rather a page turner. That said, of course there is fictionalization of the experience of the women who were forced into transport. And, yes, the author makes it quite clear that she found the evidence of what happened to them appalling. But also there is hope, since many of these convicts became productive and resourceful settlers in Australia.For me this w [...]

    4. 2.5 stars. I think Deborah Swiss should be commended for giving voice to women transported to Van Diemen's land in the the mid 19th century. I read "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes several years ago and found his narrative on the settling of Australia's mainland to be well-researched and dispassionate. I was hoping to find in this book a similar nonfiction account. Swiss follows three women transported from England for petty crimes. She winds their tale from their inauspicious beginnings in va [...]

    5. The topic of this book was compelling, but the writing was so emotionally overwrought it was difficult to read. No noun appeared without an unnecessary adjective, and Swiss's outrage bristles on every page, ironically making it hard for the reader to learn about what it is that got her so enraged. Lacking much in the way of sources, she seems to have fallen into the trap of elaborating in a fictional way on what she imagined might have happened, creating scenes that aren't based on anything but [...]

    6. Middle of the road. It's clear that the author did a wonderful job researching this era, the transportation of women, and the specific women she follows. She can really bring the time period to life with vivid details. She was handicapped by the fact that her main subjects have all been dead for over 100 years and don't appear to have left any written diaries or other records. And it's here where the book fails for me. Sometimes when she starts embellishing their stories (based on the facts she [...]

    7. This book was recommended to me by Shellie - Layers of Thought. Thanks Shellie! There were several Female Factories not just in Tasmania. Two of my female Irish (Co. Cavan) ancestors were sent to the Parramatta Female Factory during the last years of transportation. parragirls/female-fCo.Cavan Ireland was hard hit by the Great Famine in the mid-19th century. In the winter of 1847, the local landlord in Mountnugent parish decided to evict over 200 people. The famous ballad "By Lough Sheelin Side" [...]

    8. Too often the historical contributions and achievements of women have been overlooked, or at best given 'token' status in textbooks. Deborah Swiss has done something incredible with the Tin Ticket. Here she uncovers the stories of 4 women who were victimized by the British crown, and transported to Van Dieman's land for crimes bred by abject poverty to assist in the 'taming' of her Majesty's colonial outliers between 1788 and 1868. Amazingly, these women, despite the desperation of their forced [...]

    9. Good book but I wasn't' impressed with the writing. She would go off on tangents and not get back to the story for pages. Several facts were repeated several times, making the book quite a bit longer than it should have been.However, it really brought to light the horrific conditions in the 1800's. It made me very grateful for my life and freedoms.

    10. This book should have been a novel. Instead it is a very flawed and ultimately horribly failed attempt at historical non-fiction, because the author is unable to refrain from inserting passages that directly infer feelings of her protagonists in a way suitable only for fiction.Perhaps worse than the author's narrative dithering between novel and historical biography are the constant repetitions of already mentioned facts such as eye colour, the number of prisoners deported to Australia and many [...]

    11. The story of several convict women who were shipped by the British government to Australia for labor. I picked up this book not realizing it was considered nonfiction. It took me a while before I even noticed because I was wrapped up in reading about the first main character in the book, Agnes.I was expecting most of the book to be focused on the life in Australia, but the author author also details the "justice" system and socioeconomic environment that drove impoverished women and men to theft [...]

    12. This book chronicles the lifes of 3 women sent to Australia during the convict transports of the early to mid-1800s. It also relates the kindness of one Quaker woman who strove for prison reform for women prisoners, tells of the women's imprisonment in Australia, and what life was like after gaining freedom.Why I started reading - It caught my eye when a library customer returned it. I'd never read anything on this topic before.What kept me reading? The author's ability to tell the facts in a st [...]

    13. Just prior to the reign of Queen Victoria, the British government attempted to solve two of its problems (the threat of losing its Australian colonies due to a lack of colonists and a massive underclass of working poor forced to steal simply to survive) by transporting its prisoners to the far-flung colonies and forcing them to serve their time there. Some 25,000 of these transportees were women (their dependent children were often transported, too), most convicted of petty theft. Their lives in [...]

    14. I read this book for research on my fifth book, FAIRIES DOWN UNDER (a time travel saga), but found myself enjoying it as a novel, entranced with the lives of the women who were transported from England to Australia in 1786. Most of them were guilty only of trying to survive in a harsh and unsympathetic world. I think every teenaged girl in a developed country should be required to read this book. Our daughters have so much and still complain that they are still being denied or neglected. Just be [...]

    15. I struggle with what to say about this book. It was an easy read, and not without enjoyment. I think it was mainly the writing style that bothered me the most. The author spends most of the book pointing out again and again and again, how women depended on one another for strength after being transported. While this is clearly the case, the length to which the author will go to state it time after time grew dull. I do wonder where the phrase "true blue pal" entered the authors mind, and why it t [...]

    16. I learned so much reading this book. I had known that Australia had been populated by convicts from Britian but did not know that so many had been women. The convicts were primarily women and girls who stole because they were starving. Seriously starving and often homeless. I had the opportunity to meet the author and was so touched for her passion for her work. These stories are often not told in the history books and so need to be.

    17. This is a true horror story. Women and chilren sent to Australia as prisoners, 85%of England society were poor and starving. Children as young a 4 sent to live on the street. After arrest they were thrown into filthy living conditions in prison to await a ship transferring prisoners to Australia . A story that needed to be told. Chilling and disgusting. A story of the human spirit and the struggle to survive

    18. Finished it last weekend. Basically skimmed the last few chapters.Not a fav but it did enlighten me about the lives of British petty thieves who were shipped to Australia in the 19th century and imprisoned there for years--something about which I had known almost nothing. The mixture of fact and fiction did not thrill me.

    19. Very interesting read. Well researched and full of interesting information not only about Australia and Tasmania's penal colonies, but life of the rich and poor in Scotland, Ireland, and England, influential women in 19th century prison reform, and the impact of industrialization of Britain and the Victorian era on culture and the law.

    20. Began this book, got about 50 pages in, and had to quit. Two reasons. First, the breathless cliches are wearisome. Second, too much stuff is just made up--what is known these days as creative nonfiction. Kind of a waste, because the author clearly has done research.

    21. Couldn't really get into it. Tried to read for a book group but couldn't sustain my interest enough to finish.

    22. I did not finish this one.The introduction is a resume of the book.If you are familiar with Zola and Dickens you are there in no time.

    23. I was blown away by this book. I have never really studies or learned much about Australian history, although I knew that a large portion of it was settled by convicts sent from Britain. This book looks that history through the lives and stories of three women. This book is remarkably well researched, and contains a ton of information while still telling a compelling story. I was shocked and horrified by the conditions she described, but fascinated by the history. A worthwhile read about a subje [...]

    24. There are several ways to write history. One is chronicling what happened--Great Britain sent prisoners to what is now Australia including women from 1788-1868. Another method is to look at what might have caused this to happen--industrial revolution, classicism, food shortages, women's position in society, wars, colonialism, etc. This book takes on a third way--telling what happened and why through the lens of individuals who lived the history. In this book, Deborah Swiss does this through the [...]

    25. This book was a part of my Book Club's selectionI read it twice since it was my turn to lead the discussion. The first time I found the writing tedious and needing a good editor, but on the second read, it was much easier. I was able to overlook some of the lengthy descriptions as I already had the characters firmly planted in my mind's eye as well as the horrific situations in which they found themselves. The book tells the story of a very ugly part of history and does not sugar coat the diffic [...]

    26. The Tin Ticket is a book that tells the story of three convict women who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land (modern day Tasmania). I have no doubt that Deborah J. Swiss researched these women and their experiences to an impeccable standard. Swiss also reconstructs – in vivid, authentic detail – their experiences. However, the downside was that Swiss so often verges into fiction, ascribing emotions and actions to these three women that just can’t be possibly known. If it was based off [...]

    27. The book presents itself as non-fiction, but there is a significant amount of fictional color applied to the historical figures' stories. It is difficult to separate what is dramatised and what is derived from research. Also, the book loses its way as it starts to divert from the first women of focus. It was hard to finish although easy to start.The value for me was level of research and the womens' perspective at each point in their journey, as well as the details of the transportation system a [...]

    28. I really liked this book. It is written in a conversational history style and is another milestone in documentation of women's history as well as the history of colonialism as practised by the British Isles. This book is another demolition of the theory that women are the weaker sex. this book also parallels our fight today to get fair and living wages for all and debunk the current thinking that rampant capitalism at society's expense is nether sustainable or defensible.

    29. Fascinating look at the female convicts sent to what is now Tasmania, told through the eyes of a number of actual convicts. Very well researched if a bit over written. Only the flowery prose kept it from being a 5.

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