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Drawn Into a Snare

Susan Sawford (nee Richardson) (1804–1886)

In 1832 John Sawford applied for his wife Susan and two children, George aged eight and Martha aged four, to be brought out to Van Diemen’s Land to join him. They arrived in Hobart on the female convict transport Edward in September 1834.
Susan and John went on the have another five children in the Colony: Henry (who died at age six), Mary Ann, John, Keziah, and William.

Wives and mothers played a key role in the transformation of Van Diemen’s Land from a convict to a civil society, by keeping families together, despite the great hardships of pioneering life.  An unnamed family in colonial Tasmania.
Wives and mothers played a key role in the transformation of Van Diemen’s Land from a convict to a civil society, by keeping families together, despite the great hardships of pioneering life. An unnamed family in colonial Tasmania.

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