In the second half of the 19th century, a number of women, sponsored by the Female Middle Class Emigration Society, left Britain to seek a better life in the colonies. Unmarried and unemployed, they were among the many educated genteel women who were endeavouring to find work as governesses, then one of the few occupations open to them. In letters back to the Society, these women reported back on life as they saw it in the colonies during the years 1862-1882. They tell of their travails; of their adjustments to strange and often hostile environments; of their loneliness; their failures and their successes. They also give fresh views on colnoials and conlonial society.
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Patricia Clarke, journalist and historian, is the author of A Colonial Woman, the biography of the pioneering Mary Braidwood Mowle 1827-1857, and Pen Portraits, a surprising account of the many women writers and journalists in colonial Australia. She has also just completed Her Brief, Bright Day (forthcoming), the story of Louisa Atkinson, the first Australian-born woman novelist and a noted naturalist, and is compiling, with Dale Spender, a collection of letters and diaries written by women during Australia's first half-century.Actively involved in heritage issues and in local and family history, Patricia Clarke is the editor of the Canberra Historical Journal.
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Book Description Hutchinson Publishing Group, Hawthorn, Australia, 1985. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Hardcover wirth brown boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 640gms, 236 pages. This book looks at the women who, sponsored by the Female Middle Class Emigration Society, moved to Australia in the late 1800s to find work. These women wrote letters back to the Society when repaying their loans and reported on life as they saw it in the colonies. This book looks at the letters and what happened to the governesses. Book is in good condition with mild general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Inside front endpaper has book plate from previous owner. Dust jacket is in good condition with light shelf wear and fading, plus one 1-inch tear to top front corner, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # HISAUS464
Book Description London: Hutchinson, 1985, London, 1985. Pub's Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Pub's Cloth. Fine/Fine. 1. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 18766
Book Description Hutchinson of Australia, Melbourne 1985, 1985. 24.0 x 16.0cms, 236pp, b/w illusts, very good+ hardback & dustwrapper (neat owner's isncription) This is the story of how the Female Middle Class Emigration Society lent money to the genteel women who wanted to migrate to to Australia in the 19th century. Bookseller Inventory # 137159
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008191113
Book Description Hutchinson, 1985. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. 236 pages, ex-library cancelled, very clean text and foredges. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 107038
Book Description Hutchinson of Australia, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Stained Wear and Tear Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000805678
Book Description Hutchinson, Australia, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Small repaired tear in jacket Size: 9"-10" Tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Australian History; ISBN: 0091486009. ISBN/EAN: 9780091486006. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 32690. Bookseller Inventory # 32690
Book Description Hutchinson Publishing Group, Victoria, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 236pp., b&w illustration. Plastic wrapper. Size: 4 To- Over6"x9". Book. Bookseller Inventory # 6272
Book Description Hutchinson of Australia, Victoria, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 236 pp. illus. Inscription on ffep. Size: 4 To- Over6"x9". Book. Bookseller Inventory # 11061
Book Description U.S.A.: Hutchinson of Australia, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Hardback in near fine condition with near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 165619