The Marriage Knot

The Marriage Knot

The Marriage Knot: Marriage and Divorce in Colonial Western Australia

by Penelope Hetherington

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 203 pp, 9781742585215

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.

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Anne Partlon

Anne Partlon

Anne Partlon is a West Australian writer who has contributed short stories, essays, and reviews to various journals, newspapers and anthologies. The author of Harps in the Mulga: A Bibliographical Guide to the Irish in Western Australia 1829-2003, and Mightier than the Sword: The Life and Times of Sir John Waters Kirwan (1866-1949), she teaches at Murdoch University.

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Published in February 2014 no. 358

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