In 1832, the British government sent 400 young single women to Sydney and Hobart to balance the male-dominated societies. The two ships were the Red Rover from Cork and the Princess Royal from London.
Viewed as colourful butterflies alighting on the antipodean shores, the women were 'fair game' for employers and potential husbands. This book analyses how this migration was allowed to happen while telling the women's stories, describing who netted them in the hiring scramble and how they ultimately spread their wings.
Softcover book, 23cm, indexed, 246 pages
Elizabeth Rushen & Perry McIntyre, Anchor Books Australia, 2010