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The Straight and Narrow Curve

Eliza McCarthy (1830-?)

A housemaid and laundress from County Waterford in Ireland’s south, Eliza McCarthy was transported for 10 years for stealing a cow.
When the convict transport Midlothian sailed into the Franklin River south of Hobart Town in February 1853 with its cargo of 170 women, a local farmer heard about the unexpected arrival. Without delay William Charles Stubbings, a 31-year-old bachelor, jumped on his horse and hastened to the scene.
Soon after, Eliza was assigned to William, and within six months the first of their applications to marry was made. They were successful with their third application, and married on 21 March 1854, barely 13 months after her arrival. The marriage of Eliza and William Stubbings produced a family of 14 children.

The Irish Famine of 1846-1850 decimated rural life in Ireland. Many people saw transportation as a way out of terrible poverty. But despite the fact that most animal thieves were first offenders, they generally received longer sentences than ordinary thieves.
The Irish Famine of 1846-1850 decimated rural life in Ireland. Many people saw transportation as a way out of terrible poverty. But despite the fact that most animal thieves were first offenders, they generally received longer sentences than ordinary thieves.

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