This book is worth a read if you’re interested in a lively account of life in Sydney, NSW in 1848. Kiera Lindsey presents the story of Mary Ann Gill whose failed elopement with James Butler Kinchela was a public scandal of the times. Her research into the case is presented in a deft combination of factual biography and dramatic action.
Lindsey, K. The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal That Shocked a Colony. Allen and Unwin, 2016.