Life Lines to Life Stories: Some Publications about Women in Nineteenth-Century Australia
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This thesis consists of an introduction and six of my books, published between 1985 and 1999, on aspects of the history of women in nineteenth-century Auistralia. The books are "The Governesses: Letters from the Colonies 1862-1882 (1985); "A Colonial Woman: The Life and Times of Mary Braidwood Mowle 1827-1857 (1986); "Pen Portraits: Women Writers and Journalists in Nineteenth Century Australia (1988); "Pioneer Writer: The Life of Louisa Atkinson, Novelist, Journalist, Naturalist (1990); "Tasma: The Life of Jesse Couvreur (1994); and "Rosa! Rosa! A Life of Rosa Praed, Novelist and Spiritualist (1999). At the time they were published each of these books either dealt with a new subject or presented a new approach to a subject. Collectively they represent a body of work that has expanded knowledge of women's lives and writing in nineteenth-century Australia. Although not consciously planned as a sequence at the outset, these books developed as a result of the influence on my thinking of the themes that emerged in Australian social and cultural historical writing during this period. The books also represent a development in my own work from the earlier more documentary-based books on letters and diaries to the interpretive challenge of biographical writing and the weaving of private lives with public achievements.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy by Publication (PhD)
School of Arts, Media and Culture
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This is a PhD by publication.
Nineteenth century Australian women