Three Hawkesbury Women Settlers: Onwards and Upwards

Margaret Catchpole, Sarah Cobcroft and Maria Cope each sailed from England to begin a new life in the penal colony of NSW. They sail in between 1790 and 1827. Their circumstances of class, criminality, marital status and assets differ. All three found opportunity in the Hawkesbury / Dyarubbin food bowl. But the river giveth; the river taketh away. Life on the frontier is vividly described in Margaret Catchpole’s letters. Sarah Cobcroft becomes a midwife and protector of women and girls. Maria Cope, widow, is entrepreneurial.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Laurie Chater Forth, Margaret Catchpole: Her Life and Her Letters (2012)
  • Grace Karskens, People of the River (2020)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The geography of the Hawkesbury River/ Dyarubbin
  • The early context of black/white relations
  • How do the actors in history see their situation?
  • Historical research – what we can and can't know
  • Women in the early colony – "needs must"
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