The Only Woman to Escape from the Penal Colony of Australia

Colin King

West Midlands
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Paid: £70 negotiable for small groups
23rd November 2017
History | Women

The story of a Cornish woman who was a "first fleeter" on the first fleet to sail to the penal colony. Her escape with husband, 7 convicts and two small children to sail in an open boat for over 3 thousand miles along the Great Barrier Reef and the North coast of Australia to eventually land in a Dutch colony. Her recapture, return to England as a prisoner and eventual release. An amazing story indeed.

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About Colin King

For 26 years Colin was a science teacher at a special school for visually impaired and physically disabled pupils. After retiring from full-time teaching Colin was employed by the local education authority to support pupils to whom English was a second language. Part of his job was also to take storytelling sessions in schools and at festivals.

During the past 20 years Colin has presented more than 250 storytelling events in over 180 schools, libraries, village halls, festivals, over 50s clubs, Women's institutes, Probus and even a prison.

As well as teaching in schools Colin has worked as a research chemist for ICI in Edinburgh and as a university lecturer in Jamaica.

Originally from County Down in Ireland Colin has lived in Canada, Scotland, and Jamaica and spent some time with the Maya people in Mexico.

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