Patricia Clarke (essay date 1985)
SOURCE: “Genteel Emigrants,” in The Governesses: Letters from the Colonies, 1862-1882, Hutchinson, 1985, pp. 1-23.
[In the following essay, Clarke offers a history of the Female Middle Class Emigration Society and an overview of the more than three hundred female emigrants who were sponsored by the Society and sent overseas to seek employment as governesses.]
‘Amongst no class does greater distress exist than amongst the class of poor governesses …’
Jane Lewin, London, 1863
When Emily Streeter, a young, vulnerable but spirited girl, landed in Sydney from London on the Rachel in...
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