Maggie MacKellar reviews 'You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world' by Clare Wright

Maggie MacKellar reviews 'You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world' by Clare Wright

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world

by Clare Wright

Text Publishing, $49.99 hb, 432 pp, 9781925603934

When Clare Wright’s new history, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world, landed in my mailbox, I opened it with some trepidation. It was big, a fact I now realise I should have expected but nevertheless a somewhat disheartening one – arriving as it did at the beginning of our lambing season on the farm. It sat on the kitchen table, slightly out of place beside tractor catalogues, long-term rainfall predictions (depressing), and pamphlets advertising ram sales.

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Published in November 2018, no. 406

Maggie MacKellar

Maggie MacKellar lives on a sheep property on the east coast of Tasmania. She is the author of two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada and two memoirs, When It Rains (2010) and How To Get There (2014).

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