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Transcript of Australian convicts
By Livvi Parfitt My Colony Who I Live With Clothing My work hours are very strict. I work around five
and a half days per week. In the summer I work from sunrise to sunset and I receive two hours off for
dinner. When the seasons change and it gets cold
I work from eight 'o' clock in the morning to sunset however I only get one hour off for dinner. I am
Miss Black's servant and I tend to crops, wash the
clothes, feed the animals and cook the dinner. Miss Black has ten chickens and a few pigs. Hello my name is Emily Brooks. I am 22 and I was born in 1791, Clapham, south west London. My birthday is on the 20th of May. Today I would like to take you on a journey through the course of my unfortunate life as a convict. In 1835 I was sent to Port Jackson on a rugged old ship by the name of Blackwell. It took two months to reach Australia. I was sentenced to seven years as a convict. I was sentenced because I stole a loaf of bread as my family was poor and starving. I sleep on my master Miss Black's farm in her barn with the chickens, as I am her servant. The atmosphere in Port Jackson is very intense. It's hard to watch the brutal punishments to minor crimes, for instance swearing or stealing small items. The housing is very basic and the government employed convicts have to sleep in basic cotton tents while the free settlers live in convict built mud and wood simple houses. I live with my masters Miss Black and her brother Sirius, we live on a ten acre farm. My family still lives in London. My family consists of my younger sisters Charlotte, Mary and Lucy. My mothers name is Sarah and my fathers name is Robert. In Australia I am given a new set of clothes
twice a year. Winter clothing consists of a coarse woolen jacket, a waistcoat made of yellow or grey cloth, one pair of trousers, one pair of woolen stockings, one pair of shoes, a neckerchief (scarf) and a single woolen hat.
I wear a canvas shirt and a waistcoat in the summer. If convicts weren't lucky enough to wear socks they had to use material they called a toe rag. Work Hours Emily Brooks Daily Lifestyle When I wake up at sunrise every morning, I go to work at Miss Black's house as her servant. My first chore is to tend to the crops which are a variety of fresh vegetables. After I finish I feed the chickens and the pigs. I then eat my lunch which usually consists of dry salted meat and a slice of damper made out of cornflour. shortly after I serve in the house washing clothes, sewing, cleaning, attending to my master and finally I make dinner. At sunset I get to eat my dinner which contains damper and if I am lucky one cup of tea! Port Jackson is located in NSW.
It is between Broken Bay and
Botany Bay. Video showing the use of a toe rag
instead of socks. Advantages of Australia E Emily Brooks I believe their are many advantages about living in Australia. For example the unpolluted air and the housing. When living in Australia I don't have to share a minuscule, hot, smelly cell with around ten other prisoners. Disadvantages of Australia Despite the many advantages of living in Australia there are still a few disadvantages. For instance only hearing from my family once a year and the punishment of watching other convicts being flogged for minor crimes. Emily Brooks Bibliography • 1800's Factory Girls, N/A, photograph, Blogspot, accessed 24 March 2013, <http://factorygirl-kimberly.blogspot.com.au/2009_11_01_archive.html>.
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