Single and Free is about the scheme administered by the London Emigration Committee to assist free women to migrate to Australia from Great Britain and Ireland. In the 1830s, approximately 3,000 women took advantage of this scheme, representing an enormous influx to the population of the two eastern colonies of Australia. The book analyses the women's motivations and life-experiences, challenging contemporary criticisms that they were the 'sweepings of the gutters'. Many women migrated in family groups, or were joining family and friends in the colonies. They came from a wide cross-section of nineteenth-century society. They were bold and enterprising, and made ideal workers and wives in the new colonies. Single and Free provides life histories of many of the women who took part in this scheme and provides an index of all the women and their ship of arrival.