Janelle Collins, library technician and bookkeeper

Ancestor’s name: Esther Spencer (née Salamon)
Conviction: Stealing two silver salt holders, two silver salt spoons, two silver pepper castors and a silver tablespoon
Sentence: Transported for life
Age: 19 when convicted
Arrived: 1796 on the Indispensible
Mine says: “The original objects are not in the photographs so what we have are representations of the objects or a connection to them through the location. The people I met were so welcoming, enthusiastic, interested in their family history and proud of their convict past. I’ve met some wonderful people — I go into their homes and chat with them; they pose for me and I find a wonderful connection with such a wide cross section of people.”

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