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Hidden in History: discovering extraordinary women in Australian history

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Cnr of Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street

Toronto, NSW 2283

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Mary Hoban and Jessica North in conversation with Karen Crofts reveal the amazing lives of two women who have been a silent presence in history.

In An Unconventional Wife, through detailed research, Mary Hoban shines a light on the captivating life of Julia Sorell, an Australian woman who refused to bend to the expectations of her husband and her time.

With her family connections, including Lewis Carroll and George Eliot, a daughter who became a bestselling novelist, and grandchildren including the writer Aldous Huxley and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley. Julia is a presence in many documented and famous lives, but she is a mostly silent presence. Mary Hoban reveals her story.

Author of Esther: The extraordinary true story of the first fleet girl who became First lady of the colony, Jessica North, says, ‘I first met Esther in a small paragraph in a book about women in Australian history. It said she had been a convict on the First Fleet and had later become First Lady of NSW. I thought surely that couldn’t be true or I’d have heard about her". With ten years of meticulous research Jessica pieced together Esther's story.

A History Illuminated 2019 session. Presented by Lake Mac Libraries in partnership with Hunter Writers Centre. Book sales provided by Dymocks, Charlestown.

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