Margaret Catchpole – a convict, a writer and a nurse

Margaret Catchpole is not a name I knew. I am not sure what attracted her name to me but a flicker in my mind kept urging me to keep researching her.

What I found is a woman of intelligence, skill and many lives. Margaret commenced her life in England in the 18th Century, was deported as a ‘convict’ to Australia for crimes of smuggling and horse steeling. In later life, Margaret was a midwife and a writer in the Hawkesbury area.

A tribute to her nursing and midwifery skills is created by the Hawkesbury Hospital by dedicating  an area to her name and memory. Her contribution to mothers and infants in the area must have been significant in a time when care for women in childbirth was of little significance.Continue Reading