Country girls going to London
Hundreds of young, single, Australian-born country women travelled to London and beyond from the mid-to-late 19th century. This ‘pilgrimage’, as historian Angela Woollacott has called it, was a life-changing journey for these women. Both tourist and traveller, many worked their passage throughout their journey. Yet this remains largely an untold story in the history of country towns in New South Wales. In this lecture, Dr Willis will use case studies from the country town of Camden to illustrate how local historians, genealogists and others might tell the story and experiences of young women from their own district travelling to London.
About the Speaker
Dr Ian Willis is an honorary fellow at the University of Wollongong and a member of a number of professional organisations including the History Council of NSW. He has a particular interest in place, local studies, gender and the war at home.
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