Miss D & Miss N: an extraordinary partnership

Edited by Bev Roberts
Australian Scholarly Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Paperback 348pp Illustrated ISBN 9781921509148

Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb established a successful pastoral business in Victoria in the 1840s. The daily lives of these remarkable women were recorded in Anne’s diary and four of its five volumes have survived, providing a rare, detailed account of mid-19th-century domestic and farming life. Bev Roberts has interspersed selected substantial extracts from the diary with commentary and background text to trace the story of these extraordinary Victorian pioneers.

Anne Drysdale had sailed from Scotland to Port Philip in 1839. She was 47 years old, had a small inheritance, and was determined to be a sheep farmer. Soon after arriving in Melbourne she took up land near Geelong and formed a partnership with Caroline Newcomb. They established a successful pastoral business and for thirteen years lived and worked together on their properties Boronggoop on the River Barwon, and Coriyule on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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