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In the Colony She Was the First

WARNING: CONTAINS SEXUAL REFERENCES

The story goes that the first European woman to set foot on Van Diemen’s Land was Martha Hayes, daughter of a convicted criminal transported to New South Wales, and in 1803 the mistress of Lieutenant John Bowen. She was barely fourteen years old. And she was pregnant. Two daughters later, her relationship with Bowen had come to nought. It took another convict, the embezzler Andrew Whitehead, to make an honest woman of young Martha Hayes.

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