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Re: Mrs. Walker in Australia


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Posted by John Wilson on December 21, 2018 at 04:15:41 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: Mrs. Walker in Australia posted by wdmtgts on December 21, 2018 at 03:14:08:

Mary Walker is off an Australian sheep station, but might not be the daughter of the owner as the stations were big enough to have a large staff. That is the message of Neville Shute’s "Requeim for a Wren"; the Wren thinks that it will be a come-down for a middle-class girl to marry an Australian farmer (a sort of peasant?) but finds that he was the heir to a large sheep empire with a small village for staff. And the head of the empire did not necessarily own the land: "Squattocracy" was the term for the rural Australian elite on leased or occupied land. The same as New Zealand e.g. with the Riddifords of the Wairarapa on leased Maori land.

"We of the Never Never" is a classic autobiographical novel published in 1908 about a cattle station in the Northern Territory but remote from Darwin.

The ownership of "Swallow" is clear in PP2: "when your mother comes to Holly Howe and you have Swallow again"



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