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

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posted on 2024-06-06, 10:30 authored by L Cramer
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.

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Journal

Australian Historical Studies

Volume

48

Pagination

213-226

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

1031-461X

eISSN

1940-5049

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, The Author

Issue

2

Publisher

Routledge

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