Posted by wdmtgts on December 20, 2018 at 09:16:52 user wdmtgts.
In Reply to: Re: Mrs. Walker in Australia posted by Robin Selby on December 20, 2018 at 07:26:07:
There is a book set in 19th-century society in inland Australia which uses the plot of a famous English novel - a Jane Austen one?? I forget. The 'graziers' - the great land-owning families - were the pinnacle of society in the towns, and certainly had elegant dances. And then there's the excellent film 'My Brilliant Career' and its depiction of the Australian middle classes early in the 20th century.
As for children at boarding school when parents were working abroad, I was one of those children myself for a time, and my father's firm (as did the Forces) did pay significantly towards the cost - my parents had no private income. Overseas postings generally (particularly hardship ones) offered higher salaries too.
This is probably not the thread in which to bring up the persisting perception among non-TARS (who haven't read S&A properly, unlike us lot) that the Swallows owned a sailing-boat so were well-off. We all know that they didn't, and although they were certainly middle-class and comfortable enough financially, their holiday was a modest one, as PGs in a farmhouse in a rural area.
This is all definitely one for a collaborative paper......
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