Finding Thomas Dames #memoir

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From Amazon:

Finding Thomas Dames is the moving true life story of Lynne Morley’s ancestor, who, as a child, turned to a life of petty crime in order to survive the grim streets of Georgian Nottingham, one of the most poverty stricken cities of that era.

A city where life was cheap, disease was rife and the grim figure of death was an ever present companion.
Apprehended by the law on many, many occasions, and labelled an “Incorrigible Rogue”, Thomas felt the full force of the law on frequent occasions before an irritated judiciary sentenced him to be transported to the new penal colonies in Western Australia. The incredible story reveals how this happens not once – but twice!

Sent south on the convict ship, Lincelles, Thomas endures a three month journey of brutality and privation. This scarcely believable story is unearthed by Lynne and painstakingly recreated here.

My Review:

Morley has done extensive research into Finding Thomas Dames. I applaud the effort as not the best of records remained from back then, and some had many name variations. Morley dug deep into history is this quest. That amount of research cannot be measured as she dug looking for single words that could possible tie in to Thomas Dames.

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