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Sunday 2 December 2018

Review: Amazing Australian Women

Twelve women who shaped history - some famous in Australia, some around the world, are found in this interesting collection of lives. 

It represents amazing, courageous, intelligent and resourceful Australian women and their achievements that have transformed history. Many of these women’s lives were portrayed in Hollywood movies. Entries begin from late1700s and go through to early1900s.

Mary Reibey, whose portrait is in our $20 note, was from convict stock. As a teenager, she was arrested for unknowingly riding a stolen horse and transported to New South Wales.  Mary became Australia’s first great businesswoman.

The inspirational life of Tarenore, a Tomeginee woman, began just before European settlers arrived in Tasmania. As a young girl, she was sold as a slave to seal hunters. She allowed nothing of what happened to her stop her from becoming a warrior for her people.

 Included in these excellent profiles is Opera singer Nellie Melba; Mary Lee, who along with other women and men, started the Women’s Suffrage League; Politician Edith Cowan; Tilly Aston, Disability Activist who began Vision Australia and the first Braille Library in our country; Rose Quong, Chinese-Australian Actor, Lecturer and Writer; Elizabeth Kenny, Nurse and Medical Innovator, who worked world-wide with polio sufferers; Annette Kellerman, Swimmer and Movie Star whose choreography inspired synchronized swimming; Lores Bonney, Aviation Pioneer who in 1932 flew solo all around the Australian coast. Her long-distance record has never been broken. Emily Kame Kngwarreye, one of Australia’s greatest artists and Ruby Payne-Scott, one of the world’s first radio astronomers.

Sophie Beer has created inspiring images to accompany the equally inspiring text by Pamela Freeman that showcases these brilliant women’s lives. Twelve convincing examples of how any child can become what they dream of being.

Title: Amazing Australian Women
Author: Pamela Freeman
Illustrator: Sophie Beer
Publisher: Hachette, $26.99
Publication Date: September 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780734418456
For ages: 8+
Type: Non Fiction