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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.

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
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mikki
Fascinating true stories, brought about by a tremendous amount of research. Life was so incredibly hard in every outback region of Australia. But it was interesting to learn of the differences in soil types, weather, and aboriginal culture in each area. Some things were constant for all the women: isolation, deprivation, resourcefulness, and grit.
Penny
Fascinating. These women endured so much hardship. My ancestors pioneered in less harsher areas of Australia but I imagine they faced similar issues from time to time. Distressing to think of the high infant mortality and enduring pregnancy and birth in such times and places.
Stephanie Kratzmann
I found this book really interesting. It gave a "woman's face" to the early settlers in Australia. I learnt a little bit about our history, a little bit about true struggles and gained a HUGE appreciation for the women how settled Australia.
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