'On Her Way': Part 1 Millbank Prison
When Jane leaves Leicester Gaol she is sent to Millbank Prison where she is incarcerated until she is moved onto the Sea Queen ship for transportation for seven years to VDL.
In 'Wikipedia' 'Millbank Prison' at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millbank_Prison the prison is described as overlooking the River Thames, situated in Pimlico, London, and originally constructed as the National Penitentiary. It was set out in a hexagonal shape with six petal shaped wings, each three stories high and each containing five courtyards and with a single chapel in the centre of the complex.
It is seated in a marsh,beneath the bed of the river, through which the vapours from stagnant water are constantly exhaling. The effluvia from the mass of human beings confined within its walls cannot dissipate from deficient ventilation.
These causes operating upon a crown of persons, whose minds are depressed by the
There is but one remedy - to place as much gun powder under the foundation as may suffice to blow the whole fabric into the air. Whether it would be an act of humanity, previously to the removal of the prisoners, may be a fit subject for discussion by those sapient persons who first sanctioned the erection of such a structure on such a site.”
By May 1843 the prison had sunk into such degradation that Parliament decided the facility was no longer fit for holding inmates long-term.
'On Her Way': Part 2 The Sea Queen.
I imagine in one way it would be a relief to be discharged from Millbank with all its horrors and yet Jane is still to face a long sea voyage as a prisoner on a convict ship taking her to an unknown land far away.
Information from: The Ships List, Vessels Carrying Convicts From Great Britain, 1839-1846; Sea Queen 1846. at: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/convicts1839-46.shtml