The Merchant’s Women is the story of over 200 young single women who left Britain in 1833 in the first ship to carry women from England to settle in the emerging colony of New South Wales. The title of the book reflects the ship’s name, the Bussorah Merchant, and the concept that the sex and labour of the female passengers were saleable commodities.
While their labour and potential as wives and mothers were valued in the colony, the authors contend that the female migrants on the Bussorah Merchant were enterprising women who responded to advertisements which attracted them to migrate to far-away Australia. Each woman’s story is told in this book.
About the authors
This is the second book about female migration Dr Liz Rushen and Dr Perry McIntyre have written in collaboration. Both have written extensively and independently on nineteenth century migration to Australia from Great Britain and Ireland.