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Caroline Chisholm : An Irresistible Force - how one extraordinary woman helped shape a nation - Sarah Goldman

Caroline Chisholm

An Irresistible Force - how one extraordinary woman helped shape a nation

Hardcover Published: 18th September 2017
ISBN: 9781460753439
Number Of Pages: 352

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A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten.

Caroline Chisholm was a take-no-prisoners game-changer of colonial Australia - as well as a charming, wholly committed, and utterly determined force of nature. Arriving in Australia in 1838, she was appalled by the plight of young female immigrants in Australia - there were no jobs for them, no accommodation, and many of them resorted to prostitution to survive. In response to this need, Caroline became a woman on a mission. She met every immigrant ship and became a familiar figure on the wharves, finding positions for immigrant girls and sheltering many of them in her home. As the government of the day refused to help, Chisholm established accommodation, services and the first employment office in the colony, drawing up the first ever employment contracts in Australia. She established minimum wages, found jobs and homes, created employment agencies in a dozen rural centres as well, and she managed to do all this without any assistance from the government of the time. In many ways a proto-feminist and committed social activist, she utterly transformed life in Australia.

A long overdue, contemporary and lively reassessment of Caroline, which brings to life her spirited character, her modern relevance, her feminist credentials and her egalitarian spirit.

About the Author

Sarah has spent most of her life as a journalist. Initially working for newspapers in Sydney and London, she later transferred to television with the BBC. Back in Australia, Sarah continued as a producer for both commercial and ABC television news in Sydney and Melbourne. Much of Sarah's journalistic work has involved international news. Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force is Sarah's first book. She and her partner, Steven have two sons and a dog. They live in Sydney.




Much more detailed than previous books on Caroline Chisholm.



A magnificent read!


I thought Sarah Goldman has really brought the personality of Caroline Chisholm alive. She also shows how modern and relevant to today's situation she is... a beautifully crafted biography. One of the most successful features is Sarah's use of fiction at the beginning of each chapter... Cleary Sarah Goldman has a talent for writing fiction as well as historical biography. A great read. Well done!

Tallong, NSW


Caroline chisholm


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Newcastle NSW


Caroline Chisholm - A remarkable woman for today


If you did not know anything about this remarkable British/Australian then this book is a wonderful introduction to her life and work. It is a good easy, informative read. Caroline is presented as authentic character. Her world is contrast to the world of Australian women today, where her critics would be displeased with her actions, it is put into the context of her day and you see her remarkable charity and tenacity.

Adelaide, South Australia



4.5 4


ISBN: 9781460753439
ISBN-10: 1460753437
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th September 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.65