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Rica Erickson 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.

Rica Erickson
The Brand on His Coat: Biographies of Some Western Australian Convicts
UWA Press, Nedlands, 1983.

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