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A Spanish Convict, her clergyman biographer, and the amanuensis of her bastard son
chapterposted on 2023-05-28, 01:34 authored by Lucile FrostLucile Frost, Ballyn, S
In 1829 Adelaide de la Thoreza, a twenty-three-year-old woman born in Madrid, was tried at London's Old Bailey and sentenced to seven years' transportation to Australia. Half a century later a Presbyterian clergyman in the New South Wales town of Richmond wrote a biography of this Spanish convict, who had recently died. In this book chapter we interrogate his romantic account of how the daughter of Spanish aristocrats became first a convict and then a pioneer mother, whose oldest son Alf was born in the Parramatta Female Factory and given the surname \Smith\" to cover his illegitimacy. Alf's reminiscences of life as a drover were published in 1909."
Publication titleChain Letters: Narrativng Convict Lives
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne Press
Place of publicationMelbourne