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Hidden women of history: how 'lady swindler' Alexandrina Askew triumphed over the convict stain

By Janet McCalman AC, Emeritus Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, The University of Melbourne
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Deported to Australia as a convict at the age of 18, Alexandrina Askew reinvented herself as a woman of means, with a mysterious habit of misplacing her purse.


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