The Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter Sat 2nd Sept: 

SHIP NEWS – On Tuesday last arrived from England in 99 days, the ship Morley, Captain Brown, having touched at no port on her voyage, and bringing out 120 female convicts, and several free women, to whom passages have been allowed, to join their husbands...

Early on Wednesday morning last [August 30th] this Settlement was visited by a very heavy fall of snow, which continued nearly the whole of the day. In some places, the snow was several inches deep; and it remained on the high grounds the major part of the following day. It was considerably heavier than the fall we experienced in 1814, which was the first known on the island by the settlers. Mount Wellington, which is partly, and sometimes wholly covered with snow, has now an immense weight on it. We trust that we shall not hear of any losses amongst the flock-owners in the interior of the country, by this snow storm.

By comparison, with snow falls in Hobart yesterday, Tuesday 4th August 2020, the minimum temperature was 1.6C. and the maximum 9.1C.

Thomas Reid, surgeon superintendent on the Morley recorded a list of clothes that the women were provided with on their arrival: brown serge jacket, petticoat, linen shift, linen cap, stockings, shoes, neck-handkerchief, along with a change of linen, and their bedding consisting of a flock bed, a pillow and a blanket.

The FCRC seminar in 2021 featured papers on the Morley, based on the journal of Thomas Reid, R.N. surgeon:  the story "Voyage of the Morley" edited by Rhonda Arthur, and a research paper by Dianne Lowe comparing the lives of the Morley women.



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