THE BRAND ON HIS COAT
acted as editor and as a substantial contributor (writing
12 of the 21 articles) to The Brand On His Coat, a
collection of biographies of some of the 9,500 convicts transported
to Western Australia between 1850 and 1868. The convicts'
life stories covered a variety of experiences including those
of labourers, clerks, farmers, blacksmiths, teachers, a druggist,
wagoners, photographers, innkeepers, journalists, servants,
millers, a bookseller, tramps, shepherds, station managers,
rogues and criminals. The publishing of the book coincided
with people viewing their convict ancestors not with shame
for their crimes but with pride for their achievements.