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Australian women who have changed the world: Read an extract from Amazing Australian Women

August 14, 2018

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In the style of the wildly popular Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Boys Who Dare to be Different, Amazing Australian Women takes us through the back stories of twelve women who have made a significant impact on Australian history. Covering a broad range of women from the arts, business, politics, sport, politics and the list doesn’t stop there.

Not all are famous, but all are remarkable. A sample of those included are Nellie Melba (opera singer), Edith Cowan (Politician), Tilly Aston (Teacher, writer and disability activist), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (Artist) and Lores Bonney (Aviation Pioneer).

There are plenty of examples of overcoming hardship and difficult circumstances like convict Mary Reiby who was arrested at thirteen for horse theft and transported to NSW where she went on to build an import business that became one of the most important organisations in the early colony. Despite losing most of her sight by the time she was seven, Tilly Aston went on to publish six books of poetry and scientist and trail blazer, Ruby Payne-Scott, was forced to keep her marriage a secret for six years so she could remain doing her important work as a scientist.

The illustrations from Sophie Beer add so much vibrancy to these fascinating stories, grabbing younger readers attention with wonderful bright bursts of colour and intricate details.

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Pamela Freeman has a Doctor of Creative Arts, has lectured in creative writing and won awards for children’s writing and biography. Pamela also writes for adults and her first adults fantasy The Castings Trilogy has recently been published. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son.


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