Female Transport, The

DESCRIPTION: "Come all young girls, both far and near." Sarah Collins tells her sad story. She lost her mother when she was young. She is transported to Van Dieman's Land for fourteen years. She tells of her hard labors, and of being chained and beaten
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1839 (Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country, Vol. XIX, Jan-Jun, 1839)
KEYWORDS: orphan transportation hardtimes
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Anderson-FarewellToOldEngland, pp. 54-55, "The Female Transport" (1 text); pp. 142-143, "The Female Convict" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stewart/Keesing-FavoriteAustralianBallads,pp. 5-6, "The Female Transport" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Jon Raven, _The Urban and Industrial Songs of the Black Country and Birmingham_, Broadside, 1977, pp. 131-132, "Female Transport" (1 text)
Henderson-VictorianStreetBallads, pp. 36-37, "Female Transport" (1 text)

Roud #V1284
Bodleian, Harding B 11(2238), "The Female Transport," J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 11(1265), "Female Transport," E. M. A. Hodges (London), 1846-1854; also Firth c.17(42), "The Female Transport"; Harding B 11(1193); Johnson Ballads 506, 3 different issues by H. Such (London) 1863-1885; also Harding B 16(94b), unknown, n.d.
NOTES [56 words]: Many of the songs in Raven's collection are not traditional, and this is from a broadside rather than a field collection, but it sounds so true that I decided to include it despite the lack of a pedigree. It's interesting to see Anderson-FarewellToOldEngland print it twice, once with the woman named Sarah Collins, once Sarah O'Brien. - RBW
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