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Re: Mrs. Walker in Australia - from Ransome's grandfather's sheep station


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Posted by Cathie Lamont on December 05, 2019 at 01:19:31 user clamont.

In Reply to: Re: Mrs. Walker in Australia posted by wdmtgts on December 20, 2018 at 09:16:52:

Anyone wanting to know the main sources of Ransome’s Australian information need go little further than his autobiography. Most of the details come directly from the life of his grandfather Edward Baker Boulton, who had a sheep station 40 miles from where I live in northern NSW. Digging a bit deeper, I find that EBB (also a respected artist) entertained lavishly from his house on the shores of Sydney Harbour and apparently owned a gold mine and dance hall. He and his family travelled frequently between Britain and Australia. So did Australian author Mary Grant Bruce – author of the Billabong series (written 1910-1942) – and the series’ main character, Nora Linton, who could have had a 12-year-old in 1929 if she had married at 18. Both those women grew up on cattle stations with sheep, messed about in boats and travelled to Britain to live, so if you want a more complete picture of Mary Walker’s likely childhood, A Little Bush Maid is as good place to start.


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