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A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852–53

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108039802

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  • Mrs Charles (Ellen) Clacy (1830–1901) was a clergyman's daughter who, in 1852, travelled to the Australian goldfields. Published in 1853, on her return to England, this work, the first edition of which sold out almost immediately, is essentially a guide for prospective emigrants. It includes, within the lively narrative, practical advice on the cost of living, the labour market, gold-digging regulations, and marriage prospects. Mrs Clacy published several subsequent books, but her life remains obscure. Research suggests an illegitimate pregnancy or an absconding husband, unmentioned in the upbeat and respectable narrative, but possibly echoed by the highly coloured 'tale' of an anonymous emigrant woman, whose lover (twice) leaves her pregnant at the altar to go to the goldfields, with tragic consequences. However this relates to Mrs Clacy's actual circumstances, her writing vividly depicts the mixture of opportunity and hazard in nineteenth-century Australia, illuminating the country's early social history.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108039802
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory remarks
    2. The voyage out
    3. Stay in Melbourne
    4. Camping up - Melbourne to the Black Forest
    5. Camping up - Black Forest to Eagle Hawk Gully
    6. The diggings
    7. Eagle Hawk Gull
    8. An adventure
    9. Harriette Walters
    10. Iron Bark Gully
    11. Forest Creek
    12. Return to Melbourne
    13. Ballarat
    14. New South Wales
    15. South Australia
    16. Melbourne again
    17. Homeward bound
    18. Conclusion
    Appendix.

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    Ellen Clacy

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