Book Launch – Confined but Free! The Female Staff of Maitland Gaol in the 19th Century
'Confined but Free! The Female Staff of Maitland Gaol in the 19th Century' aims to reveal the story of the forgotten women who were employed in this unique environment during the 19th Century.
Come along to hear Dr Harrison explore the reason for her research.
In recent years there has been an increased interest in researching female convicts and prisoners in the colony of NSW. However, little attention has been given to the female staff who supervised their imprisonment. The new publication, ‘Confined but Free! The Female Staff of Maitland Gaol in the 19th Century’, aims to redress that omission by revealing those forgotten women who worked in the unique environment of Maitland Gaol in the 19th century.
A chronological account of their work and the working conditions of female staff has been documented. While not guilty of any crimes, the conditions of their employment kept these women virtual prisoners within the gaol. This research has uncovered unexpected information and intriguing stories of the Matrons and female wardens.
The Author, Dr Pamela B Harrison, will provide a short talk detailing the reasons for her research which will be followed by an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed.