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'This book represents a unique collaboration between a historian and four ordinary women who were extraordinary letters-writers, family photographers and memoirists. As British migrants to Australia these women recorded in intimate detail aspects of everyday life and women's experience that are often lost to history: childcare and housework, housing and domestic appliances, friendship, family and married life. Taken together, their stories enrich and complicate our understanding of key themes in twentieth century women's history. More than that, this is an exploration of the creation and interpretation of the stories we make of our lives through letters, photographs, life writing and oral history. What shapes women's life stories? What do they reveal and conceal? What can we learn when these women look back over their lives and the dramatic transformations of self, family and society since the 1930s?' (Manchester University Press website)

Notes

  • Dedication:
    For my mother Judy Thomson: letter writer,
    family photographer and historian;
    colonel's lady, resort proprietor and parliamentary wife;
    secretary, publisher and spy.
  • Epigraph: I'm not a good mother - not what Dr. Spock calls a 'slow mother' who leaves her chores to make sure junior gets the right treatment. In fact, tho' I love my 2 children, I just loath the continual 'hampered' feeling. - Dorothy Wright, letter to 'Mummy', Sydney, 16 March 1961.

    We ourselves have a car we couldn't afford in London, and I swell with pride each morning when I open my large automatic refrigerator. The memories of food rationing have not conditioned me to the bulk buying of food here. - Gwen Good, 'Wish You Were Here', ABC Radio (Western Australia) Women's Session, 16 March 1965.

    I had more male companionship while at Ocean Island than ever before...so I'm taking it easy for the time being as I've come to the conclusion I'm not the marrying kind as I'm always ready to go it alone before too long. - Joan Pickett, letter to 'Mum and Dad', Sydney, 29 July 1966.

    I must admit that I am no longer the same person who was tied to the kitchen sink at home and I certainly would find it very difficult to go back to that again! Australia is a beautiful country. - Phyllis Cave, letter to Patricia and Peter Cave, Sydney, 16 December 1973.

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Works about this Work

[Review] Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women Across Two Countries Eric Richards , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Biography , Spring vol. 35 no. 2 2012; (p. 389-396)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
Intimate Histories Anna Clark , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 8 no. 3 2011; (p. 212-213)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
Testaments Penny Russell , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 334 2011; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
A Slice of Moving History Barry York , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 August 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
A Slice of Moving History Barry York , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 August 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
Testaments Penny Russell , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 334 2011; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
Intimate Histories Anna Clark , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 8 no. 3 2011; (p. 212-213)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
[Review] Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women Across Two Countries Eric Richards , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Biography , Spring vol. 35 no. 2 2012; (p. 389-396)

— Review of Moving Stories : An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries Alistair Thomson , 2011 single work biography
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