Rosie O’Brien is a feisty Irish girl, sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing a handkerchief. She is sent as a convict to the Colony of New South Wales – half way round the world. In letters home, Rosie tells of the voyage out, of people she meets and her struggles to survive. Put to work in the Parrammatta Female Factory, she encounters hardships but also miracles. Somewhere in this new land is her convict father but will she find him? Is he even alive? This story is based on real convict experiences, and shows how life was lived in the colony in the early 1800’s.
First published as: The Letters of Rosie O’Brien, a Convict in New South Wales.