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Single and Free: Female Migration to Australia 1833-1837

Our Price: AU$39.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 256 pages
Author: E. Rushen
Year: 2007
Other Data: 3rd ed, b&w photos, sketches, maps, bibliog, index
ISBN: 9781740970389

Availability: Previous Edition, See ABA006
Product Code: ABA005
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Since colonial times, Australian have been critical of large groupings of immigrants. This book focuses on the first scheme for female migration to Australia, exploring the reasons for contemporary and historiographical perceptions that the women who emigration from Britain and Ireland in the 1830s were essentially prostitutes, drawn from the lowest sections of society.

They may have been travelling alone, 'unprotected' by a male guardian, but they were not the 'sweepings of the gutters'.

The life-experiences and writings of the women demonstrate that they were drawn from a wide cross-section of nineteenth century society. They were eminently suitable as domestic and agricultural workers and as future wives for the women-hungry colonies.

Part 1: The Great Object
1. The Scheme
2. London Emigration Committee
3. The Process
Part 2: An Ocean of Uncertainty
4. Healthy, Skilled and Ready to Emigrate
5. Ships, Supplies and Superintendents
6. Surviving the Long Voyage
7. They Must Engage Themselves
Part 3: Heroic Undertakings
8. Employment Realities
9. A Matrimonial Expedition
10. A Valuable Acquisition to the Colonies
List of Women
Select Bibliography

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