A genius at publicity before the term existed, Jane Franklin was a celebrity in the mid-19th century. This is her remarkable life, including her extensive travels, her years in Tasmania as the governor's wife, and her very public battle to save her husband, the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, from accusations of cannibalism.
Winner of the 2014 National Biography Award
'An engrossing biography of a fascinating and fearless modern woman.' - Professor Marilyn Lake, La Trobe University
In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world, and was probably the best travelled woman of her day.
Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late eighteenth-century London, her marriage to Sir John Franklin, the famous Arctic explorer, and her many trips to far-flung locations.
Arriving in Tasmania in 1837 when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes, establishing a scientific society, adopting an Aboriginal girl, and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria.
When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she single-handedly turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued travelling well into her 70s and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.
Alison Alexander is one of Tasmania's best-known historians, and author of Tasmania's Convicts.
Biography & Autobiography
Winner National Biography Award 2014 AU; Short-listed The Courier Mail People's History Award 2013 AU; Short-listed The Courier Mail People's Choice Book Award 2013 AU
Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1 A girl who did not fit in
Chapter 2 The Franklin connection
Chapter 3 An occasional marriage
Chapter 4 To Van Diemen's Land
Chapter 5 The governor's lady
Chapter 6 The home front
Chapter 7 Female convicts
Chapter 8 Improving the colony
Chapter 9 The Aborigines
Chapter 10 Mount Wellington, Sydney and beyond
Chapter 11 Three women's lives
Chapter 12 The political question
Chapter 13 Jane Franklin v. John Montagu
Chapter 14 John Franklin disappears
Chapter 15 Jane Franklin's Search
Chapter 16 Family upsets
Chapter 17 Victory
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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