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Author Hickman, Bronwen, author

Title Mary Gaunt : independent colonial woman / Bronwen Hickman
Published Melbourne, Vic. : Melbourne Books, 2014
Melbourne, Vic : Melbourne Books, [2014]


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Description 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
regular print
Summary This is a rare biography of the pioneering Australian author, Mary Gaunt. Born on the Victorian Goldfields in Chiltern in 1861, Mary Gaunt was well-educated and well-connected. She was a tomboy and a rebel - her father encouraged her, her mother disapproved. One of the first female students to attend the University of Melbourne, she wrote articles and stories in order to fund her travels. She trekked through the great mahogany forests of West Africa. She went to China in the chaos that followed the downfall of the Ch'ing dynasty, and narrowly avoided the marauding White Wolf. She proved that a woman could live by her pen in that era when nice women didn't travel on their own When war came, she was trapped behind enemy lines and never made it home to Australia
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-295) and index
Audience Adult
Subject Gaunt, Mary, 1861-1942.
Australian writers.
Women novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Biography.
Women travelers -- Australia -- Biography.
Women -- Australia -- 20th century -- Biography.
Women -- Australia -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2014450150
ISBN 1922129364 (paperback)