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Anne Whitehead, Bluestocking in Patagonia (Profile, 2003).
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In 1895, young Australian schoolteacher Mary Jean Cameron set sail from Sydney to join an experimental socialist utopia deep in the interior of Paraguay. Traveling alone via mailboat, paddle steamer, steam train, and horseback, hers is an extraordinary journey-and that was just the beginning of her adventures. Author Whitehead follows in the footsteps of this fascinating woman who ended up spending six years in South America, first in Paraguay and then Argentina-and whose portrait now appears on the $10 Australian bill.

Ann Skea reviewed the book. Sarah Macdonald reviewed it for the Sydney Morning Herald. Robin Osborne reviewed it for The Northern Rivers Echo. Frank Bongiorno reviewed it in Australian Literary Studies, and Nick Smith reviewed it in Geographical, but to read them you’ll have to sign up for free trials (I didn’t). Jennifer Strauss reviewed it for Australian Book Review. Or you can listen to a BBC story about Whitehead and Gilmore.

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