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The Convict's Girl and the Canton Man

Martha Hodgson (c. 1820-1889)

Transported in 1841 for ten years for ‘making 3 pieces of counterfeit coin, and apparently intended to resemble & pass for three of the Queen’s current shillings’, Martha Hodgson was tattooed on both arms, ‘T P G 2 heart & L weath several dots on right arm T HT H heart 5 dots on left arm’. She had time in solitary, and at hard labour, and her sentence was twice extended.
Martha’s last recorded offence occurred in 1845, when she was charged with using indecent language and representing herself as being free. For these she got two more months’ hard labour.
Also in 1845 the 23-year-old house servant married convict John Hutt at the Parish Church in Pontville. The first of their ten children arrived the following year. Three years later Martha received a Conditional Pardon.

Inside the sandstone wall remains of one of the yards at the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, now a World Heritage-listed historic site.  Up to 1,000 women and children were housed at the Factory at any one time.
Inside the sandstone wall remains of one of the yards at the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, now a World Heritage-listed historic site. Up to 1,000 women and children were housed at the Factory at any one time.

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