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Great Pioneer Women Of The Outback

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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, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2005 by HarperCollins - AU (first published January 25th 2005)
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Mikki
Jan 27, 2015 Mikki rated it really liked it
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.
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Apr 19, 2015 Penny rated it liked it
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
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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.
Debbie Lamb
Apr 28, 2016 Debbie Lamb rated it really liked it
I cannot imagine how hard life was for these women in that era. It made me feel deeply grateful for what I have at my fingertips today that we take for granted. The grit and stoic attitude of these women beggars belief. Brilliant history lesson.
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SUSANNA DE VRIES is an art historian who has now retired from lecturing at the Continuing Education Department of the University of Queensland. She was born in London and attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Madrid. She came to Australia in 1975, has been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and has written extensively on art history, both here
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