A Woman On The Goldfields : Recollections of Emily Skinner 1854-1878
Emily Skinner-vibrant, observant, eternally young-at-heart-emigrated from Britain to Australia in 1854. Not only did she keep a ship-board journal, she later recorded her reminiscences of a colourful life as a miner's wife. Here, published for the first time, is Emily's account of a voyage half-way around the word to marry her sweetheart. She evokes wild storms, sea sickness, the malaise and boredom, the gossip and intrigue. Her impressions of the young town of Melbourne follow, as well as her recollections of what is now the town of Beechworth and the surrounding goldfields. Emily reaches across the years with her vivid descriptions contrasting the realities in her workday life-cooking, washing, childminding-with the wild dreams and aspirations of the miners. This personable account speaks to every reader as a refreshing and energetic story of a pioneering life which was tough and rigorous but always embraced.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Mar 2013
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
About Edward Duyker
Edward Duyker is a full-time writer and historian. His books include Tribal Guerrillas, The Dutch in Australia, An Officer of the Blue and The Discovery of Tasmania. He is co-editor of Daniel Solander: Collected Correspondence 1753-1782 and is currently at work on a biography of Daniel Solander, Nature's Argonaut.