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GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Emigrant Governesses in Colonial Australia

 

ISBN: 9780642279620

Partricia Clarke

Jobs were few and poverty was widespread among educated middle-class women in nineteenth-century Britain.  Great Expectations is the story of a group of intrepid ladies who forged a different path - as governesses to wild colonial boys and girls on the other side of the world.  Often fluent in multiple foreign languages, skilled artists and musicians, the women came with great expectations. Some gained employment with well-established families or found husbands;...

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BOTANIC ENDEAVOUR: the Florilegium Society celebrates the Banks and Solander Collection

ISBN : 9780646816081

Colleen Morris and Brett Summerell, Brett (author.) and Beverley Allen (writer of introduction.) and Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, (issuing body.), The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc, 2020 [Hunters Hill, New South Wales]. 

‘A beautiful new limited edition publication featuring the recent botanical paintings by artists of The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. The paintings link the historic Banks...

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The Reader's Digest in Surry Hills: The design and construction of a heritage building – an architect’s story

John James

West Grinstead Publishers; ISBN: 9780975742556

This book describes the design and the creation of a significant monument from the perspective of the architect. It includes how he reserved the site, arranged the funding and worked closely with the builder – a very personal story.

It was the cheapest air conditioned building in Sydney due to the preponderance of brick in the walls and the now-famous roof garden. The columns that framed the windows and brick...

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FIRST KNOW YOUR ENEMY COMPREHENDING IMPERIAL GERMAN WAR AIMS & DECIPHERING THE ENIGMA OF KULTUR

John A. Moses with Peter Overlack

In thesearch for the deeper causes of the ‘War to end all wars’ the reading public has been presented with countless titles by military, diplomatic and intellectual historians. Some of these have, however, been motivated by a desire to show how their authors would have preferred the past events to have been, so as to promote some present-day agenda.This is the fallacy of ‘presentism’. John Moses...

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DISCOVERING VERMEER: A PASSIONATE QUEST

by Helen Topor

ISBN 9 780646 985718

In New York the last thing Helen expects is to fall in love with Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. At the Frick Collection the painter of enigmatic women and luminous light touches her bruised soul profoundly. How can she explain a transcendent experience she herself doesn’t understand? 

Sensing Helen’s craving to know more about Vermeer’s life and works, Peter suggests they see all 35 paintings. She longs for adventure...

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MISTRESS OF HER PROFESSION CCOLONIAL MIDWIVES OF SYDNEY 1788-1901

by  Lesley Potter

Anchor Books (August 2017)

ISBN 9780648061601

Dr Lesley Potter’s book weaves the stories of nine midwives into an account of the development of midwifery training in New South Wales. These women’s lives span the nineteenth century and provide a fascinating perspective of maternity care and life in colonial Sydney. Before any official midwifery training was instigated in New South Wales numerous women worked as midwives. In the days of secret...

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