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Esther

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The Extraordinary True Story of the First Fleet Girl Who Became First Lady of the Colony

by Jessica North
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/04/2019
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The little-known rags to riches love story of a convict girl who arrived in Australia on the First Fleet.

Much like another, better-known colonial woman, Elizabeth Macarthur, Esther successfully managed her husband's property and became a significant figure in the new colony.

Esther only just escaped the hangman in London. Aged 16, she stood trial at the Old Bailey for stealing 24 yards of black silk lace. Her sentence was transportation to the other side of the world.

She embarked on the perilous journey on the First Fleet as a convict, with no idea of what lay ahead. Once on shore, she became the servant and, in time, the lover of the dashing young first lieutenant George Johnston. But life in the fledgling colony could be gruelling, with starvation looming and lashings for convicts who stepped out of line.

Esther was one of the first Jewish women to arrive in the new land. Through her we meet some of the key people who helped shape the nation. Her life is an extraordinary rags-to-riches story. As leader of the Rum Rebellion against Governor Bligh, George Johnston became Lieutenant-Governor of NSW, making Esther First Lady of the colony, a remarkable rise in society for a former convict.

ISBN:
9781760527372
9781760527372
Category:
Australasian & Pacific history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-04-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
'North skilfully weaves together one woman's fascinating saga with an equally fascinating history of the early colonial period of Australia. The resulting true story is sometimes as strange and thrilling as a fairytale.' - Lee Kofman, author of The Dangerous Bride
Jessica North

Jessica North has been researching Esther's story for over a decade, discovering intriguing new information.

She is a program director at the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability at Macquarie University, and author of several guides.

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NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

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QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

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SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

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TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

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VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

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WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days

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  • Esther

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    Good read relating to Women who played a part in early Australian history

  • Esther

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    Very much enjoyed reading this book. Hard to put down,kept thinking of it after I finished it.