The Merchant's Women: The Story of Over 200 Young Single Women Who Left England in 1833 to Settle in New South Wales
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 270 pages
Author: P. McIntyre & E. Rushen
Other: b&w & colour photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Anchor Books Australia
The enterprising women on the 'Bussorah Merchant' emigrant ship responded to advertisements which attracted them to migrate to far-away Australia. In contrast to convicts, these courageous women freely chose to make the long journey to the other side of the world.
Each woman's story is told here. What motivated them to leave their homes in Britain for frontier colonies? How did they cope? What were their experiences? And how did they contribute to the development of Australia?
This book answers these questions and set the context for assisted female migration to Australia. It thoroughly investigates the lives of the brave women who boarded the 'Bussorah Merchant'. This is an important contribution to the history of colonial Australia.
1. Women Much Wanted
2. Bettering Their Contribution
3. Bidding Adieu
4. Purified Gold
5. The Emigration Experience
6. The Passengers