Elizabeth Macarthur : A Life at the Edge of the World
by Michelle Scott Tucker
Editor: Text Publishing Co
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In 1788, a young lady of honor raised in the rectory of an English village married a handsome, arrogant and penniless army officerIn any novel by Jane Austen, this would be the end of the story, but for the real life of the woman who became an Australian agricultural entrepreneur, it was just the beginningJohn Macarthur took credit for the establishment of the Australian wool industry and would be on the function of two dollars remark, but it was practical Elizabeth, who managed to manage their farms, – while dealing with Jean’s fads – the duels, quarrels, court cases, a military coup, a long absence abroad, grandiose construction projects and, finally, his descent into certified madnessMichelle Scott Tucker shines a light on an often ignored aspect of Australia’s history in this fascinating story of a remarkable woman
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