Beatrice's Commonsensical Approach by Maureen Mitson

By Maureen Mitson

girls stepped from the steamship Orient onto Australian soil on a sizzling December day in 1879. Beatrice Beauchamp epitomises the more youthful middle-class English girl settler unused to the disagreeable. but she combats tragedy, and meets problem and distinction with a degree of equanimity now not regularly anticipated from one with a genteel upbringing. We proportion her melancholy and her fears as from the 1st day she needs to name on a private energy and unravel formerly untested. In that, she reveals a staunch supporter in Mary Lee. Mrs Mary Lee has been written into many historical past books. Her political conviction, commitment and resolution in campaigning for women's rights resulted in her being said via leading Kingston as such a lot influential in gaining South Australian ladies the suitable to vote and never simply that, to sit in Parliament. different states swimsuit. but, regardless of all her achievements, little has been recognized of her own life...
Elizabeth Mansutti, former Chairperson of the SA Writers' Centre, neighborhood historian, writer, poet, playwright and writer of Mary Lee - enable her identify be honoured, which impressed this novel, writes, 'Mary Lee used to be defined through a modern as "fiery". i believe that during Beatrice she chanced on an acquaintance of comparable ilk, and via framing that partnership during this tale the writer creates the automobile for pleasing our interest approximately Mary Lee and her major social contribution. i believe it a smart flow that's complemented through the finely drawn descriptions of the colonial society of that period.'

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