By Carol Baxter
Set opposed to the backdrop of a very divisive interval in colonial New South Wales, Australia, this sensational tale recounts the scandal that established at the appealing convict Jane New and her position within the public vilification of Governor Ralph Darling and the elevation of William Charles Wentworth from journalist and public determine to the colony’s grasp political operator.
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Until free immigration became policy, few other candidates were available for domestic service. As one settler reported: ‘Servants are not to be had, prisoners supply all the demands. If the histories of every house were made public you would shudder. ’ Yet employing such women exposed wives and children on a daily, intimate level to tainted lives and experiences. Could children be raised with the appropriate manners and morals if their care was left to women with open and shameless vices? asked the community.
Financial success allowed John Stephen Snr’s triumphant return to England a few years later and he leased a house in London. Soon afterwards, his third son, George, died and a curious reference to John Jnr is found in a sympathy letter written by a relation: I have no doubt that as far as George’s tender mind was led to think of eternal things he was desirous of serving God and that he is now with the angels in heaven. I trust his death may have a good effect upon Sidney and John. The latter I feel particularly interested about — the concern he expressed about the confirmation seemed to me to proceed from real piety, and I hope it will increase with his years.
She escaped the assignment system by marrying emancipist baker Richard Ralph in a ceremony performed six weeks prior to the shoplifting at Madame Rens’ premises. 12 Jane and Hannah were clearly partners-in-crime on 11 August 1828 when they swooped on the shops of Sydney. All three newspapers described their crime-spree in detail, a surprising circumstance in itself as Jane’s eventual trial on Madame Rens’ more serious charges merited only a onesentence dismissal in the same newspapers. indd 41 31/8/06 5:38:33 PM An I rresistible TEMPTATION 42 On Monday last Jane New and Hannah Ralph went to Mrs Reynolds’ shop in George-street where they requested to be shown some worked muslin dresses but made only a trifling purchase of some ribbon.
An Irresistible Temptation: The True Story of Jane New and a Colonial Scandal by Carol Baxter