The Worst Country in the World

In 1801 a Dorsetshire widow ups sticks and travels across the world with her five children to settle in a penal colony called New South Wales, then commonly regarded as the worst country in the world. Two hundred odd years later her descendant sets off to Australia to discover the story behind this extraordinary voyage. More

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About Patsy Trench

Patsy Trench’s background is in theatre. Born and raised in England, she emigrated to Australia as a ten pound pom and spent three hedonistic years there acting and having a generally good time, before returning to London to marry and have kids. She wrote for television and theatre for a few years before forming ‘The Children’s Musical Theatre of London’ with a couple of colleagues, devising musicals for and with young children. On looking into her mother’s Australian background she discovered a tale of fascination and historical surprise, so she spent five years commuting between her home in London and her adopted home of New South Wales researching and writing what became known as The Worst Country in the World.

Rather late in life she studied for a BA with the Open University and a MA in theatre with RADA and Birkbeck College. She had one book published some years ago on a very different topic.

When she is not writing or travelling Patsy teaches and lectures in theatre at Kingston University, and organises theatre tours for overseas visitors.

She has three websites at:, and

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