[Episode 21 | 1808 : Sarah]
Sarah is dropped off at her new place of employment but makes a poor first impression on her new employer, Mrs Owen. While doing her chores she meets Mrs Owen's sickly daughter Alice.
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Women were among the convicts sent to Australia during the transportation period. Many had been committed for petty theft from their employers in England, and they typically received sentences of 7 or 14 years. Female convicts arriving in the penal colony were assigned as domestic servants to free settlers or sent to female factories. There, women were separated into three classes according to their crime: a punishment class, whose members served periods in solitary cells; a crime class, incarcerated within the prison; and a hiring class, waiting to be appointed to service on local properties.
Student Activity Sheet H21.1 Female factories
Many female convicts escaped the hard life in the female factories as assigned domestic servants within the households of free settlers. Sarah in Episode 21 of My Place has found herself in such a position. The work that assigned convicts carried out depended on the needs of their master or mistress. Some cleared land, removed tree stumps and constructed buildings, while others looked after animals, tended crops or served in the house. Work for assigned convicts took up the whole week, although officially Saturday afternoon was set aside as free time for the convicts to tend to their own essential chores and to grow food.
Student Activity Sheet H21.2 Assigned labour