Sarah Preston (1797–1877)
In 1820 the diminutive ‘northerner’ Sarah Rowell married Joseph Preston from Bishop Middleham near Durham. By the time he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830, she had born him four daughters… Jane, Sarah, Virginia, and Isobel.
The year after he stepped ashore, Preston petitioned for his wife and daughters to be sent from England to join him. He stated that he had the means to support them, but this was not entirely the case.
When Sarah and the girls arrived in Hobart Town in late 1832 or early 1833, Sarah set herself up as a milliner and dressmaker. During the next seven years she also produced another four daughters… Frances, Mary, Emma and Elizabeth. Then in her late forties, Sarah gave birth to a son whom they named Oscar.