• Great Pioneer Women of the Outback

  • By: Susanna De Vries
  • Narrated by: Kate Hood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the 1800's to the onset of World War I, pioneers making their homes in outback Australia were joined by their wives, many of whom had no idea of the difficulties and dangers ahead.

These women encountered conditions which would test their resilience and resourcefulness to the utmost: relentless heat, dust and isolation; hostile wildlife; no medical facilities; and never-ending, backbreaking work.

Great Pioneer Women of the Outback profiles 10 female pioneers, from Jeannie Gunn, author of We of the Never Never, to equally remarkable but lesser known women, such as Emma Withnell in Western Australia and Evelyn Maunsell in Queensland. Building on the women's records and her own knowledge of Australian history, Susanna de Vries documents the grit and determination it took to build what many today would consider an extraordinary life.

©2005 Sussanna De Vries (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing

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A good insight into what Aussies are like and why

Would you listen to Great Pioneer Women of the Outback again? Why?

yes I have

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I was in Australia at the time. I enjoyed the real people/ places.

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  • Sandy
  • 09-22-16

Interesting and well written

I very much enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The narrator does an excellent job at bringing the words to life. The author clearly has a passion for the subject and focused on all the little things, as well as the bigger things, that make a historical book readable and accessible. I felt I understood much more what life was like from the perspective of women, which is a viewpoint often overlooked in preference for the deeds of the men, whose stories have traditionally taken precedence. One thing I would have liked to see more of is recognition of the lives and stories of Australia's original inhabitants and how things were from their perspective. To leave these details out is doing the same thing as historical accounts that only focus on (white) men, i.e. giving the reader only part of the story and hence a (perhaps unintentionally) biased overall picture of life in the outback of the early 20th century.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 07-01-17

Great stories.

I loved these stories while being in total awe of these women. How they managed the heat, flies, mosquitoes, sand, dust, illness and fatigue I will never understand.

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