Reading Bibliography

There are plenty of very interesting general genealogy books together with local history records and society records. This page looks at my Biblio, my personal books, together with websites, and local library records.

The Gloucester Collection at Gloucester Library

Based in Brunswick Road have the old Gloucester Journal on microfilm and a name index for the period from 1880 to 1910 ish. There is also apparently an index for the period from 1837 to 1847 but I understand that one is a bit rough.

The Floating Brothel by Sian Rees ISBN 0 7472 7286 7

An excellent book on the transportation of Women Convicts and the very early days of the Australian colony.

An incredible true story of a shipload of "disorderly girls" and the men who transported them, fell for them, and sold them. This riveting work of rediscovered history tells for the first time the plight of the female convicts aboard the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in Australia's Sydney Cove a year later. The women, most of them petty criminals, were destined for New South Wales to provide its hordes of lonely men with both sexual favors and progeny. But the story of their voyage is even more incredible, and here it is expertly told by a historian with roots in the boat-building business and a true love of the sea.

"Convicts in the Colonies: Transportation Tales from Britain to Australia" Kindle Edition

by Lucy Williams

In the eighty years between 1787 and 1868 more than 160,000 men, women and children convicted of everything from picking pockets to murder were sentenced to be transported beyond the seas. These convicts were destined to serve out their sentences in the empires most remote colony: Australia.

Through vivid real-life case studies and famous tales of the exceptional and extraordinary, Convicts in the Colonies narrates the history of convict transportation to Australia from the first to the final fleet.Using the latest original research, Convicts in the Colonies reveals a fascinating century-long history of British convicts unlike any other.

Covering everything from crime and sentencing in Britain and the perilous voyage to Australia, to life in each of the three main penal colonies New South Wales, Van Diemens Land, and Western Australia this book charts the lives and experiences of the men and women who crossed the world and underwent one of the most extraordinary punishment in history.

The Calendar by David Ewing Duncan ISBN 1-85702-979-8

The complete story of the stuggle to align the calender and the heavens, a good read and an good insite to the way dates may vary over the years, paricularly when looking at older members of the Scaysbrook line.

The Civil War in Leicestershire and Rutlans by Philip Andrew Scaysbrook

A realy good read on the Civil War in Leicestershire and Rutland. The picture is of my copy

The Convict Ships by Charles Bateson

Used by a lot of Historians, this book is accespted as the standard work convict ships

I looked up this book on Amazon and its no longer available