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Ann Simmons – the gift of resilience. — 10 Comments

  1. I am inspired by this story, Christine. I felt like I was on the journey with Ann and there’s so many things I like about how you have written the story.

    • Thanks Yvonne, researching the ups and downs of Ann’s life made for difficult reading sometimes. Next time I go to the UK I will definitely try to find out more about her background and early life.

  2. I enjoyed reading your story about your convict ancestor Ann. It made me feel so sad for her and yet she was a fighter Christine. I too have a high spirited convict female ancestor. I admire and respect their resilience given the hardships and hostilities they endured and experienced. Amazing women!

  3. Definitely Beverley. As with many of our female ancestors, research proves how difficult it often is to fill in the blanks, that is until they do something of notoriety such as being arrested

  4. I really enjoyed your story about Ann Simmons, Christine. I liked your conclusion about her resilience. My 2G- Grandmother, Eliza Dore, was transported to Van Diemen’s Land too. You may be aware of the Female Convicts Research Centre in Tasmania. If not, check out their website, as they have a wealth of information and you can research online as a guest.

  5. Thanks Ross, am aware of the FCRC and actually submitted an abstract about Ann Simmons as they are going to put out another publication this year. But I don’t know yet whether Ann Simmons will get in

  6. I was so excited to read your comment Bernadette. I would love to know more about Eliza. Please get on touch christineleonard01 at

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