Colonial Consorts

Colonial Consorts

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Carrying out the duties of a governor's wife was the pinnacle of public service for women in colonial Australia. Victoria had ten British governors during the nineteenth century, and all were married men. (One of them, Sir Henry Barkly, was married twice.) Their wives accompanied them to Melbourne as a matter of course, forced to leave behind their homes, their extended families and sometimes their school-age children. While researching Colonial Consorts, Marguerite Hancock made extensive use of letters, diaries, and family papers in libraries and archives in Switzerland, Scotland and more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 177.8 x 243.8 x 27.9mm | 1,043.27g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • photos(some colour )
  • 0522849334
  • 9780522849332
  • 1,472,256

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"Her success, the just reward for her labours, lies in the eleven nicely balanced chapters of this elegant volume, which bring to life in unexpected detail the vice-regal experiences of eleven very different women." --"Australian Historical Studies"show more

About Marguerite Hancock

Marguerite Hancock has been secretary to the wives of three governors of Victoria. Her book is derived from an M.A. thesis at the University of more