Great Pioneer Women of the Outback
From the 1800s to the onset of World War I, Pioneers making their homes in outback Australia were joined by their wives, many of whom had no idea of the difficulties and dangers ahead.
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These women encountered conditions which would test their resilience and resourcefulness to the utmost: relentless heat, dust and isolation; hostile wildlife; no medical facilities; and never-ending, backbreaking work. The outback was indeed ‘no place for a lady’. Yet many women with no previous experience of hardship rose to the challenge of creating homes, nursing, farming – and keeping journals, which provided a startling picture of the life they faced. Great Pioneer Women of the Outback profiles ten female pioneers, from Jeannie Gunn, author of We of the Never-Never, to equally remarkable but lesser known women, such as Emma Withnell in Western Australia and Evelyn Maunsell in Queensland. Building on the women’s records and her own knowledge of Australian history, Susanna de Vries documents the grit and determination it took to build what many today would consider an extraordinary life.
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