13th Jun 2018 11:00am-12:00pmWednesday 13 June 2018, 11:00am-12:00pm
Woollahra Library, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Join Michelle Scott-Tucker as she discusses the life of Elizabeth Macarthur, an inspiring historical figure who redefined the colonial woman as an engaged participant in many of the important historic, commercial and political activities of her era.
Traditional histories cast the wife of the father of the Australian wool industry in a cameo role, undermining her importance and influence in the success of her family’s vast agricultural empire. Never simply a farmer’s wife, but a farmer and business manager in her own right, Elizabeth supervised the Macarthur’s growing holdings, acted as an employer to a team of staff and maintained a steady social presence in the colony, all the while raising nine children and managing her husband’s increasing bouts of mania and depression.
Michelle Scott-Tucker's new biography is a stunning achievement of storytelling and scholarship, and a groundbreaking portrait of an ordinary English country woman who went on to become one of Australia’s most significant historical figures.
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