Can You Hear the Sea?

Can You Hear the Sea?

My Grandmother's Story

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Brenda Niall has turned her biographer's eye to a personal subject-her grandmother, Aggie. She tells the story of a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who braved a new country as a single woman, teaching in a country school, before marrying a Riverina grazier, whose large powerful family was wary of the newcomer with ideas of her own. Aggie dealt with hardships and loneliness after the early and drawn-out death of her husband, and brought up her seven children to be happy-all with a calm determination. But it was the memory box and her longing for the sea that captured the imagination of her granddaughter.
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic., The Text Publishing Company,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781925498790
1925498794
Characteristics: 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.

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wendybradley
Feb 11, 2019

This is written by someone who knows how to write well, hold our interest and make characters come to life. This is the story of the writers grandmother, yet it could be the story of many immigrant women to this country in the early days of settlement.

For me there was an extra depth to the story as it was also the story of womens lives right up until the 1950s, lives that were curtailed by their sex and by the limited choices offered to them. It is difficult for us today to realise that having an unmarried daughter work was a cause of shame to a father (or brother). A working class woman might work through necessity, but once a certain level was reached in society then their lives were confined to the home. Education was neglected and the highest expectation society expected of them was to marry well and have children.

This book will expand your knowledge of the world of women in arlier times in Australia.

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