By Maureen Mitson

ladies 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 no longer regularly anticipated from one with a genteel upbringing. We proportion her depression and her fears as from the 1st day she needs to name on a private power 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 stated by means of preferable Kingston as such a lot influential in gaining South Australian girls the precise to vote and never simply that, to sit down in Parliament. different states go well with. but, regardless of all her achievements, little has been identified 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 galvanized this novel, writes, 'Mary Lee used to be defined via a modern as "fiery". i think that during Beatrice she chanced on an acquaintance of comparable ilk, and by means of framing that partnership during this tale the writer creates the car for enjoyable our interest approximately Mary Lee and her major social contribution. i feel it a shrewdpermanent stream that's complemented by way of the finely drawn descriptions of the colonial society of that period.'

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