Blue China: Single Female Migration to Colonial Australia by Jan Gothard
Secondhand. Good condition. Some wear to book near spine. Ex library book with stickers and stamps on the inside of book. Dust jacket in very good condition with some creasing to edges and a small tear on the front inside flap.
Almost a 100,000 single women emigrated from Britain to the Australian colonies between 1850 and 1900. Contrary to popular assumption that these women were brought to Australia to find husbands, these female immigration schemes were designed to ease the desperate shortage of domestic servants.
Blue China analyses the women's experiences. Beginning with their screening and selection, their shipboard passages, their arrival and transition to domestic employment. Ultimately it shows how these women made their own use of the institutions designed to control them.