The ‘Flogging Parson’ and the Convict Girl

In colonial New South Wales, a convict girl defies a panel of magistrates and refuses to accuse her master of sexually abusing her. Were the magistrates concerned for her welfare, or was there something else going on?

The penal colony of New South Wales, 1822. Ann Rumsby, a beautiful convict girl, was brought before the Parramatta Bench. The magistrates had evidence, they claimed, that her…

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Pauline Montagna

Pauline Montagna

Writer and Self-Publisher. Author of The Slave, Suburban Terrors and Not Wisely but Too Well. You’ll find my books on Smashwords and me on Facebook and Twitter.