The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia by Penelope Hetherington

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February 2014, no. 358
The Marriage Knot

The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia

by Penelope Hetherington

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 203 pp, 9781742585215

The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia by Penelope Hetherington

Reviewed by
February 2014, no. 358

Between European settlement in 1829 and the 1900 federal referendum, the legislation regulating matrimony in the infant Swan River colony changed eight times. Now, in this intelligent dissection of marriage and divorce laws in colonial Western Australia, historian Penelope Hetherington examines the political, religious, and social forces that effected change, redefined gender relations, and led to a gradual recognition of the rights of women.

The Marriage Knot

The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia

by Penelope Hetherington

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 203 pp, 9781742585215

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