The Maids of the Mountains

The Maids of the Mountains In the wild Weddin Mountains There live two young dames; Kate O’Meally, Bet Mayhew Are their pretty names; These maids of the mountains Are bonny bush belles; They ride out on horseback, Togged out like young swells. They dressed themselves up In their brothers’ best clothes, And looked very rakish…

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Mary Ann

I am cheating here, but all I know of this lady is what I’ve read on other web pages and I don’t see any point in regurgitating what other people have said better. Of the many web pages about Mary Ann, the Wikipedia article does seem the most comprehensive. Although the best thing to read…

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Maggie

She married William Skilling/Skillion in 1873. They had two children. Then a few years her later, her husband is arrested and sent off to gaol for six years, and at the same time, her mother is also gaoled. So at 21, Maggie is left looking after her own children, her mother’s young kids, and running…

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Lady Franklin

Australian Dictionary of Biography Wikipedia “Sir John Franklin owes much to his wife Lady Jane for his Tasmanian legacy” (from the Mercury). UTAS Library Open Repository (letters, diaries etc) ———————————————————— Came cross the following article (which was undated but it’s from the Examiner, 7 November 1888) and the referenced note. ANOTHER RELIC OF THE PAST…

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Miss Lodder

From the Examiner, 6 March 1911: There passed away yesterday, at her residence, 193 George-street, Miss Mary Lodder, a lady deeply respected and well known in church and philanthropic circles in this city. She had been connected with the Ministering Children’s’ League, Children’s Protection Society, and Girls’ Friendly Society, but on account of failing health…

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Ladies of the Bush

This is a series of posts Women’s History Month in 2011, about bushrangers. That is the ladies in the stories of bushrangers. Sometimes they played the major supporting role, sometimes they were pivotal to the story, sometimes they are a side note and the subject of much speculation. All of them have interesting stories of…

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Mother Buntine

Australian Dictionary of Biography The Colourful Life of Mother Buntine OBITUARY,-An old Gippsland identity, Mrs. Hallet, better known by the name of her first husband– Buntine, or “Mother Buntine,” died in the Gippsland Hospital on Friday at an advanced age, and was buried at Rosedale on Sunday afternoon. In many respects she was a remarkable…

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19 Novelists You Might Not Have Read

A list of 19th century Australian women novelists. Notes below. Caroline Atkinson Biography Read or read Barbara Baynton Biography Read Kathleen Caffyn Biography List of works Read Ada Cambridge Biography Read Jessie Catherine Couvreur Biography Read Céleste de Chabrillan Biography List of works Read Matilda Jane Evans Biography Read Mary Fortune (Interesting bio) Biography Read…

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Fanny

(Public domain image from Wikipedia Commons) Some sound… Australian Screen: Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs “These are the first and last recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.” Australian Dictionary of Biography 200 Australian Women Wikipedia Trove: Biographies FUNERAL OF FANNY SMITH. LOVETT, February 26. The closing scene in respect to the Tasmanian…

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Women of Sydney

I trawled the first three years of the Sydney Gazette (1803-1806) to see what I could find in the way of advertisements from women. The population of the town, less than 20 years after the start of British settlement, was just a few thousand, so there probably wasn’t much need or incentive to pay for…

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