The nature of many historical sources is to neglect or ignore women and a special effort is often required to ensure that the role of people in history who happen to be female is not forgotten.

This effort is under construction and material of relevance to this will be added in time.

More to come

Thomas Cook, a landowner and magistrate faced a case of need for which he had no clear solution. Concerning a Mrs Parkes, Cook wrote: ‘what is best to be done for a woman in her destitute situation?’ All he could do was send her and her two children to Newcastle gaol ‘to await His Excellency’s pleasure regarding them’.[1]

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  1. Cook to Colonial Secretary, 6/6/1838 (Dungog Magistrates’ Letterbook).