Colonial Ladies: compiled and edited by Maggie Weidenhofer

Author(s): Maggie Weidenhofer (ed)

Women | History

A first hand documentary history of the experiences of women during the colonial period in Australia. "The colonial ladies faced an uncertain and bottom only life in a scarcely known land, far from the seat of happiness and delight, England. This harsh and country demanded strength and Independents: Governors' wives played a central part in the official establishment of the colonies; the wives of pioneering squatters brought grace and beauty to homesteads while enduring isolation and hardship; artists and commentators recorded their new and strange land from the perspective of women more accustomed to drawing rooms and droughts; and humble workers provided a backbone of support in both Town & Country. Throughout the varied experiences presented in the selection a thread of longing for home, and "dear familiar faces" is entwined with the unspoken courage and determination required to overcome the difficulties faced by the new settler. There is a delight, too, in new found friends, in achievement despite adversity, in growing families and fortunes, and in the wonders of the new land.


Secondhand. Very good condition, with dust jacket.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780859022583
  • : Currey O'Neil Ross
  • : Currey O'Neil Ross
  • : January 1985
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maggie Weidenhofer (ed)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 120
  • : yes