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Not Only in Stone - Phyllis Somerville

Paperback Published: 15th July 1997
ISBN: 9780949268044
Number Of Pages: 300

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Not Only in Stone is the story of Polly Thomas, a woman of strength, courage, and compassion, whose life is intimately tied to the pioneering era of South Australia. Polly arrives in Adelaide from Cornwall in 1865 with her husband Nathan, a miner, Richard, her baby son, and Ellen, her young sister. The baby had been born on the long and arduous voyage to Australia. Polly and Nathan move to the copper mining towns on the Yorke Peninsula where tragedy and death haunt Polly's life. Her sister dies in childbirth; Polly has four children but only two survive; Nathan is crippled; and a crooked lawyer swindles Polly of her life savings. Although tragedy robs Polly's life of joy, her independent spirit is never quelled. This is a history with a human face.

'A family life chronicle full of the stuff of the pioneers ... a closely woven tapestry of the humour and pathos of life.' - Advertiser

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i have lived in South Australia all my life and never read such an engrossing account of early Cornish mining before.i stepped into the past and felt every emotion Phyllis Somerville put into her words. from the early Adelaide ,planned out so wonderfully and even then known as the city of churches.the 1860`s were a magic time in this state.

Penola SA


Not Only in Stone

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ISBN: 9780949268044
ISBN-10: 0949268046
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 15th July 1997
Publisher: Wakefield Press Pty, Limited
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 11.5
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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