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Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force


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Harper Collins
01 October 2017
Biography: historical, political & military; History
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Chisholm was an inconvenient woman. She wasn’t going to let society dictate what she could or couldn’t do when it came to questions of charity. If young women lacked protection or education, she would rectify that. If migrants had difficulty finding employment or housing, she would find them suitable positions. If powerful men wouldn’t do anything, she would! A well-researched, easily read and descriptive history that seeks to recreate the pragmatic, charismatic, determined and intelligent woman – one who was certainly ahead of her time. Lindy Jones


A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten.

Caroline Chisholm was a take-no-prisoners game-changer of colonial Australia - as well as a charming, wholly committed, and utterly determined force of nature. Arriving in Australia in 1838, she was appalled by the plight of young female immigrants in Australia - there were no jobs for them, no accommodation, and many of them resorted to prostitution to survive. In response to this need, Caroline became a woman on a mission. She met every immigrant ship and became a familiar figure on the wharves, finding positions for immigrant girls and sheltering many of them in her home.

As the government of the day refused to help, Chisholm established accommodation, services and the first employment office in the colony, drawing up the first ever employment contracts in Australia. She established minimum wages, found jobs and homes, created employment agencies in a dozen rural centres as well, and she managed to do all this without any assistance from the government of the time. In many ways a proto-feminist and committed social activist, she utterly transformed life in Australia.

A long overdue, contemporary and lively reassessment of Caroline, which brings to life her spirited character, her modern relevance, her feminist credentials and her egalitarian spirit.
By:   Goldman
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   654g
ISBN:   9781460753439
ISBN 10:   1460753437
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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