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Commemorating a courageous utopian visionary and founder of Australia's first women's suffrage society.

In 1867, Henrietta Augusta Dugdale, dairywoman of Queenscliff, is pushed to breaking point and leaves her fourteen-year marriage. With access to her children denied, she enters the freethinking world of Melbourne bohemia and sets out to change the law that casts women as
Published March 2019 by Matilda Bay Books
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Heather Boundy
Based on the true story of one of Victoria's early suffragettes, Henrietta Dugdale escaped an unhappy marriage to her second husband, leaving behind her three young sons in Queenscliff, to set out on a life as a 'free' woman. Her access to her children and property set her on the road seeking justice for women in a freethinking and Bohemian Melbourne in the late 19th century. Of particular interest were the references to Mornington as Henrietta visited her family here. A trailblazer for her time ...more
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Leonhardt has a gift for bringing the past alive and her distant aunt’s story is one well worth conjuring. The author's skill in weaving primary sources into the narrative while making it seem seamless earned my admiration. I couldn’t help but read Dugdale's story with a sense of how much women today - and women writers - still face discrimination and hardship because of their sex, even though we have come a long way. ...more
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Lynne Leonhardt grew up on an orchard in Donnybrook in the South West of Western Australia and travelled extensively as a young adult. She studied music and English literature at the University of Western Australia while bringing up four children, and later completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Edith Cowan University. Her first novel, Finding Jasper (Margaret River Press, 2012), was longlisted fo ...more

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