Making a home in gold-rush Victoria: plain sewing and the genteel woman

Cramer, Lorinda 2017, Making a home in gold-rush Victoria: plain sewing and the genteel woman, Australian Historical Studies, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 213-226, doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1293705.

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Title Making a home in gold-rush Victoria: plain sewing and the genteel woman
Author(s) Cramer, Lorinda
Journal name Australian Historical Studies
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 213
End page 226
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2017-04-03
ISSN 1031-461X
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Summary In the rush to be rich, contemporary commentators warned that not everyone was suited to life on Victoria’s goldfields. Women unfamiliar with household labour or exertion were cautioned to remain at ‘home’. This article explores the genteel women who migrated to Victoria during the first two decades of the gold rush, and how they negotiated the British ideal of genteel leisure against the demands for domestic labour in the colony. In particular, it interrogates the often-mundane plain sewing practices necessary to make a new home alongside the push for a colonial genteel industriousness, demonstrating how women manipulated standards of living through everyday material practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1293705
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
2103 Historical Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID ARC DP1093001
Copyright notice ©2017, The Author
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