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Caroline's Dilemma: A colonial inheritance saga
Bradbury, Bettina
  • ISBN:
    9781742236605
    Paperback
    In Stock: 1
  • $39.99 
  • Caroline's Dilemma: A colonial inheritance saga



    Caroline Kearney faced a heart-breaking dilemma.



    Caroline was a 31-year-old mother of six when her husband
    died in Melbourne in 1865. Having no legal rights herself to the sheep station
    in Wimmera, Victoria that her late husband owned, she had great hopes that her
    sons would inherit it. But that was not to be.



    Her husband's will, written on his deathbed, offered a
    reasonable annuity to support her and the children, but it came with a catch.
    To get that money, she had to move to Ireland with her children and live in a
    house of her brothers-in-law's choosing. English-born, Caroline had migrated to
    Australia with her family when she was only seventeen. She had never even been
    to Ireland. Her husband and his family - unlike her - were Catholic.



    This extraordinary book combines storytelling with an
    historian's detective work. Pieced together from evidence in archives,
    newspapers, genealogical sites, legal records and old-fashioned legwork, Caroline's Dilemma sheds new light on the workings
    of colonial gender relationships and family lives that spanned the 19th century
    globe. It reveals much about women's property rights, migration, settler
    colonialism, the Irish diaspora and sectarian conflict. It shows how one
    middle-class woman and her family fought to shape their own lives within the
    British Empire.





    'A truly impressive work of historical recovery, on a major scale'. - Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney

    Author: Bradbury, Bettina
    Publication date: 01/11/2019
    Imprint: NewSouth Publishing
    Pages: 352