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Blue Ribbons, Bitter Bread

Blue Ribbons, Bitter Bread

Joice Loch: Australia's Most Heroic Woman

  • Author: Susanna De Vries
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780958540865
  • Category: Greece
  • Page: 364
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An Australian writer and humanitarian in Greece and Poland receives numerous decorations from many different countries.

To Win the Battle

To Win the Battle

The 1st Australian Division in the Great War 1914–1918

  • Author: Robert Stevenson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107394457
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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In 1915 the 1st Australian Division led the way ashore at Gallipoli. In 1916 it achieved the first Australian victory on the Western Front at Pozières. It was still serving with distinction in the battles that led to the defeat of the German army in 1918. To Win the Battle explains how the division rose from obscurity to forge a reputation as one of the great fighting formations of the British Empire during the First World War, forming a central part of the Anzac legend. Drawing on primary sources as well as recent scholarship, this fresh approach suggests that the early reputation of Australia's premier division was probably higher than its performance warranted. Robert Stevenson shows that the division's later success was founded on the capacity of its commanders to administer, train and adapt to the changing conditions on the battlefield, rather than on the innate qualities of its soldiers.

Australian Heroines of World War One

Australian Heroines of World War One

Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front

  • Author: Susanna de Vries
  • Publisher: Pirgos Press
  • ISBN: 1742983502
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 410
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Australian Heroines of World War One tells the story of eight courageous women through diaries, letters, original photos, paintings and specially drawn maps. These women had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman can bring. Sister Hilda Samsing from Melbourne became a whistleblower when nursing aboard the hospital ship Gascon, outraged by the bungled evacuation of wounded Anzacs. She defied censorship and kept a very frank diary, reproduced here for the first time.In 1914, Louise Creed, a Sydney journalist, was caught in the besieged city of Antwerp and made a hair-raising escape from a German firing squad.Brisbane's Grace Wilson, ordered to establish an emergency hospital on drought ridden Lemnos Island, arrived there to find suffering Anzacs but no drinking water, tents or medical supplies. Grace and her nurses saved the lives of thousands who had been wounded at Lone Pine and the Nek.In France, Florence James-Wallace, Anne Donnell and Elsie Tranter nursed near the front line in Casualty Clearing Stations, treating soldiers with hideous wounds or blinded by mustard gas. In 1918 they had to deal with an epidemic of Spanish flu, killing some nurses. These brave women returned to Australia but their heroism was quickly forgotten. Two of these women received such meagre pensions they died destitute. Publication of this book with its numerous illustrations has been facilitated by a generous donation from Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, keen that these stories become known to Australians of all ages. This is an updated editon with additional information on some of the nurses supplied by their relatives after they read the first edition.

Nell

Nell

The Australian Heiress who Saved her Husband from Stalin & the Nazis

  • Author: Susanna de Vries
  • Publisher: Pirgos Press
  • ISBN: 0980621690
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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Attractive Nell Tritton was determined to embrace a life of adventure after her elder siblings died in the 1919 flu pandemic. She became Brisbane’s first female journalist and won prizes for rally driving before moving to Paris, met struggling writers and fell in love with a penniless Tsarist officer. Warned by her wealthy father to avoid fortune hunters, Nell married after a whirlwind courtship. She wrote Tales from the Left Bank but her publisher demanded sexual privileges so she sold individual chapters as short stories. Her spy novel set against the infamous ‘Lockhart plot’ to kill Lenin in September 1918 was banned under the Official Secrets Act. When divorced, Nell worked in Paris for the former Russian Prime Minister, Alexander Kerensky who edited an anti-Communist anti-Hitler newspaper. Her rally driving skills saved her husband from Stalin’s assassins in a harrowing car chase through the narrow streets of Montparnasse. As the Germans invaded Paris, Kerensky was on Hitler’s death list and they joined a long queue of cars heading south. German planes bombed cars and machine-gunned their drivers so they sheltered in a ditch with only polluted water to drink. Eventually they reached the coast and were rescued by a British warship. The American government financed their passage to New York, where Kerensky became an advisor on Russian affairs and they were treated like royalty by exiled Russians. Nell suffered kidney damage as a result of drinking polluted water. They returned to Brisbane for the last months of Nell’s life when her family home became a centre of international intrigue.

Trailblazers

Trailblazers

Caroline Chisholm to Quentin Bryce

  • Author: Susanna de Vries
  • Publisher: Pirgos Press
  • ISBN: 1925280195
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 378
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Caroline Chisolm's hard work and determination changed the history of female migration to Australia and ensured better conditions for families on migrant ships and offered them paid work.Eliza Hawkins was a trailblazer, surviving a dangerous journey as the first European woman to cross the Blue Mountains to Bathurst, travelling by horse and cart.Mary Gaunt from Ballarat dared to lead her own expeditions in West Africa and China, travelling from Peking to the edge of the Gobi desert in a mule cart and became a very popular travel writer and novelist.Hilda Rix Nicholas fought for women painters to be taken seriously and held successful exhibitions in France and Britain, before returning to Australia to paint superb images of rural life in the Monaro.Sister Anne Donnell was one of the first nurses to volunteer in World War One. Her letters made her famous, recounting the sufferings of Anzacs in a military hospital on Lemnos, where British administrative bungles kept the nurses and their patients short of sheets, bandages and drinking water.Nell Tritton from Brisbane became personal assistant and translator to handsome Alexander Kerensky, the reformist Russian Prime Minister who was later deposed by Lenin. As Madame Kerensky she helped him escape assassins sent by Stalin. As the Nazis advanced on Paris Nell used her own money to purchase forged Spanish visas so her husband's Russian-Jewish employees and their families could escape from the invading Nazis.Louise Mack worked in Tuscany and became the world's first female war correspondent in German-occupied Belgium. She wrote a bestselling war memoir and donated her royalties to help Belgian war victims before returning to Sydney, where she married an Anzac veteran.Margaret Ogg and Vida Goldstein were ridiculed when they dared to claim that women were intelligent enough to sit in Parliament. Enid Lyons, mother of twelve, became Australia's first Cabinet Minister, but it took another 50 years for Julia Gillard to become Australia's first female Prime Minister.A lawyer by profession, mother and grandmother, Dame Quentin Bryce blazed a trail for women by becoming Australia's first female Governor-General. After leaving office she returned to her home state of Queensland where she now heads a programme designed to combat domestic violence.

Desert Queen: The many lives and loves of Daisy Bates

Desert Queen: The many lives and loves of Daisy Bates

  • Author: Susanna De Vries
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 0730449661
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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The Queen of the Never Never as never seen before! In the 1890s, when a woman's role was seen as marrying well and raising a family, Daisy Bates reinvented herself from humble governess to heiress-traveller and 'woman of science'. She would become one of the best-known and most controversial ethnologists in history, and one of the fi rst people to put Aboriginal culture on the map. Born into tough circumstances, Daisy's prospects were dim; her father an alcoholic bootmaker, her mother dying of consumption when Daisy was only four years old. through sheer strength of will, young Daisy overcame her miserable start, and in 1883 she migrated to Australia with a boatload of orphans, passing herself off as an heiress who taught for fun. Marriage followed - first with the young Breaker Morant, then bigamously with two other husbands. For decades she led a double life. But who was the real Daisy Bates? While other biographies have presented her as a saint, historian Susanna de Vries gives readers a more complex portrait of the 'Queen of the Never Never'.

The Complete Book of Great Australian Women

The Complete Book of Great Australian Women

Thirty-six Women Who Changed the Course of Australian History

  • Author: Susanna De Vries
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 1460702026
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 688
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The women who shaped Australia were rebels, resourceful and remarkable. From Mary Penfold, co-founder of Penfold Wines; Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning; Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist; Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister; Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize; to Catherine Hamlin, who has given hope to thousands of women through her fistula hospitals in Africa, women of Australia have broken down the barriers of prejudice and faced the world on their terms. In this classic collection Susanna de Vries outlines the lives of thirty-six pioneers who took on the establishment in sport, science, law, literature, medicine and many other areas: Sarah Frances 'Fanny' Durack, Annette Kellerman, Louisa Lawson, Dame Mary Gilmore, Martha Caldwell Cox, Dr Dagmar Berne, Dr Constance Stone, Dr Agnes Bennett, Joice NanKivell Loch, Eileen Joyce, Edith Dircksey Dowan, Dame Enid Burnell Lyons, Ethel Florence Lindesay, (Henry Handel) Richardson, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Sister Lillie Goodisson, Ella Simon, Kundaibark, Florence Mary Taylor, Joan Mavis Rosanove (Lazarus), Roma Flinders Mitchell, Mary Penfold, Sister Lucy Osburn, Mary McConnel, Mary MacKillop, Dame Nellie Melba, Stella Miles Franklin, Rose Scott, Jane Sutherland, Margaret Sutherland, Louise Bertha Hanson-Dyer, (Caroline) Ethel Cooper, Margaret Rose Preston, Kylie tennant, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Nancy de Low Bird Walton and Dr Catherine Hamlin (Nicholson).

To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

The Banned Account of Gallipoli by Sydney Loch Includes a Biography by Susanna de Vries and Jake de Vires

  • Author: Sydney Loch,Susanna De Vries,Jake De Vries
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography
  • Page: 248
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As a young soldier in the battlefields of Gallipoli, Sydney Loch witnessed the horror of war first hand. His journal of what he saw became a book on his return to Australia. Hoping to avoid military censorship, his publishers dubbed Loch's book a novel: The Straits Impregnable.

Heroic Australian Women In War

Heroic Australian Women In War

  • Author: Susanna De Vries
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 0730491412
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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A riveting new work from Susanna de Vries continuing astonishing stories of female bravery from Gallipoli to Kokoda. the brave deeds of women in war have long been overshadowed by male heroics. In this inspiring new book, renowned writer and historian Susanna de Vries profiles the grit, determination and selflessness of 11 outstanding Australian women serving in two World Wars: from Olive King, volunteer ambulance driver who saved countless lives in France and Serbia during World War I, to Vivian Bullwinkel, Joyce twedell and Sylvia Muir, all three of whom endured years of starvation and cruelty on Bangka Island at the hands of their Japanese captors. Other women featured include Sister Alice Kitchen, Dr Agnes Bennett, Dr Lilian Cooper, Louise Mack, Joice Nankivell Loch, Mavis Parkinson and Sister May Hayman. these are all women who deserve to be known, recognised and celebrated alongside their male peers. In her informal, vivid style, de Vries focuses not only on the astounding courage these women displayed in battle, but also on their personal struggles and accomplishments - proving that they were each as influential and heroic in life as they were in war.

The Complete Book of Heroic Australian Women

The Complete Book of Heroic Australian Women

Twenty-one Pioneering Women Whose Stories Changed History

  • Author: Susanna De Vries
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 0730450856
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 640
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For the first time in one volume: the bestsellers GREAT PIONEER WOMEN OF THE OUTBACK and HEROIC AUSTRALIAN WOMEN. Providing inspiration for today's women, in this book of profiles, Susanna de Vries examines what it takes to be a truly heroic Australian. Women of grit and courage, women of integrity, resilience and resourcefulness: the 21 individuals whose stories make up tHE COMPLEtE BOOK OF HEROIC AUStRALIAN WOMEN were a rare breed. they faced different tests - harshness as pioneers in outback Australia; the turmoil of war - but when encountering adversity, even death, each proved her mettle. From Olive King, who saved countless lives in the war-ravaged Balkans, to Vivian Bullwinkel, who survived the Bangka Island Massacre only to endure three tragedy-filled years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, to Jeannie Gunn, who turned her experiences of hostile outback conditions into a classic book, We of the Never-Never, these are women who displayed extraordinary determination in often terrible circumstances. the 21 women are: Georgiana Molloy, Frances ('Fanny') Bussell, Elizabeth ('Bessie') Bussell, Charlotte Cookworthy Bussell, Emma Mary Withnell, Atlanta Hope Bradshaw, Jeannie Gunn OBE, Evelyn Maunsell, Catherine Langloh Parker, Myrtle Rose White, Olive May Kelso King, Dr Agnes Elizabeth Lloyd Bennett, Dr Lilian Violet Cooper, Sister Alice Elizabeth Kitchen, Joice NanKivell Loch, Sister Sylvia Muir, Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, Sister Joyce tweddell, Sister Betty Jeffrey, Mavis Parkinson, and Sister Frances May Hayman.