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Elizabeth Rushen and Perry McIntyre, Fair game: Australia's first immigrant women.

Elizabeth Rushen and Perry McIntyre, Fair game: Australia's first immigrant women, Anchor Books, Spit Junction NSW, 2010, x + 246 pages; ISBN 978 0 9833 543 9.

Immigration history is being well served by the series of books coauthored by former Royal Historical Society of Victoria executive director Liz Rushen and long-time Society of Australian Genealogists councillor Perry McIntyre. The pair have already published Quarantined!: the 1837 Lady Macnaghten immigrants (2007) and The merchant's women (2008) which dealt with the 1833 voyage of the Bussorah Merchant. This latest offering covers the voyages of the first two female immigrant ships which arrived in Sydney in 1833 carrying a total of 400 women: the Red Rover from Cork and the Princess Royal from London. A wealth of material including poetry was inspired by this new venture in social engineering, and the project is fully described. Appendices include a 12page table listing the Princess Royal women and a much fuller 75-page biographical dictionary for the Red Rover. The cover illustration is a delightful Ducote lithograph of the women as colourful butterflies flying above potential husbands waiting below with butterfly nets. The book is further enhanced by 20 other illustrations, mostly in colour.

Anne-Maree Whitaker

Book Review Editor

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Title Annotation:BOOK NOTES
Author:Whitaker, Anne-Maree
Publication:Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Dec 1, 2011
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