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Once Upon A Family 9 Sisters of Elizabeth Farm

Once Upon A Family 9 Sisters of Elizabeth Farm


One hundred years of history 1871-1976 as seen through the eyes of the nine Swann sisters of Elizabeth Farm House, Parramatta.

Elizabeth Farm House, built in 1793, one of Australia's major historic treasures, is owned by the New South Wales Government and run by Sydney Living Museums. 

Its existance today is due to the vision and forsight of one man, William Swann, who, in 1904, bought the derelict house, saving it from certain destruction. The Swann family maintained and preserved the restored Elizabeth Farm House for sixty-five years. For sixty of those years this responsibility was carried by the nine daughters of William and his wife, Elizabeth. 

This book traces the lives and times of these extraordinary women who carved out careers for themselves in the horse-and-buggy era, and whose names were known and respected well into the age of jet travel. The first of the nine daughters had started work as a trainee teacher when only twelve years of age. 

The Boer war, the struggle for women's rights at the turn of the century, World War 1 and conscription, the catastrophic influenza epidemic of 1918, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War and World War 2, the infamous Hay internment camp, early Teachers' Federation meetings, the role played by the Quakers in peace and war - all form part of the true account taken from letters, diaries and other authentic sources.

Illustrated with photos, documents, map and family tree, this book also includes a comprehensive index. 

Elizabeth Plimer
Published 1995
288 pages
214mm x 140mm
ISBN 9780947333805

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