By Catherine Bishop
There are few memorials to colonial businesswomen, but when you recognize the place to appear you will discover many lines in their presence as you wander the streets of Sydney. From milliners and dressmakers to ironmongers and booksellers; from publicans and boarding-house keepers to butchers and taxidermists; from university lecturers to ginger-beer brands: those girls were hidden within the historic list yet have been seen to their contemporaries.
Catherine Bishop brings the tales of those entrepreneurial girls to existence, with attention-grabbing information in their successes and screw ups, their decision and wilfulness, their achievements, their tragedies and the occasional juicy scandal. in the past we have now imagined colonial girls interior as other halves, and moms, family servants or prostitutes. This e-book units them firmly out within the open.
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