Great Pioneer Women of the Outback

  • by Susanna De Vries
  • Narrated by Kate Hood
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The Australian outback at the turn of the 20th century was a rugged and unforgiving atmosphere for European settlers; pioneers drawn by the promises of the vast, largely unsettled land. This audiobook details the story of 10 of the women who were at the forefront of this movement. Not just wives and mothers but explorers, teachers, and nurses, who in almost every case formed strong bonds with aboriginal people. We are brought along with them as they traverse the bush. Kate Hood gives an impassioned performance of the material, making the historical live and breathe and these powerful women shine through the dust and grit of their rough environment.

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Customer Reviews

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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


What did you like best about this story?

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


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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd