Author(s): Alice Meredith Hodgson
From Limerick to Campbell Town to Detroit, Meredith Hodgson guides us through the remarkable life of Eliza Williams, and adds a heroine to the pages of our history.In 1851 Eliza was found guilty of theft and subsequently transported to Van Diemen's Land. She was despatched to serve with the other convicts at Rosedale, John Leake's magnificent estate near Campbell Town. Three decades later Eliza was on the other side of the world and at the other end of the social scale. She corresponded with the Leakes over many years from Detroit and her letters tell an extraordinary tale of a convict woman's journey to prosperity, status and wealth. Eliza's journey, from convict hardship to society matron, is meticulously researched by Meredith Hodgson and confirms her place as a major talent in the telling of Tasmania's past.