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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Pirgos Press
Publisher Place: Brisbane
Publisher Year: 2009
Edition: First Edition
Description: 411 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in As new condition throughout.
Publishers Description: Susanna de Vries, author of many books on forgotten aspects of Australian history, turns her attention to the story of the lives of 12 significant women who sailed to the Australian colonies in its founding years.
The first to arrive was Esther Abrahams, a 16-yearold Jewish girl transported for shoplifting two cards of lace. Esther and other female convicts landed on 'the fatal shore' in a storm and she and many other female convicts were set upon by sex-starved men who had been awaiting their arrival for two weeks. Pioneer sheep farmers Elizabeth Macarthur and Eliza Forlonge were bitter rivals in their quest to breed and sell the best Merino sheep.
Mary Thomas and Annie Mooney Caldwell came to South Australia; to Tasmania, Louisa Meredith and to Victoria, Georgiana McCrea, all facing bitter privation. Mary Anne Friend went to Western Australia and Mary Anna Spencer to Queensland. Every Australian will take pride in the accomplishments of these heroic women.