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The Resource The Ambitions of Jane Franklin

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin

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The Ambitions of Jane Franklin
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The Ambitions of Jane Franklin
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Alison Alexander
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eng
Summary
Winner of the 2014 National Biography AwardIn a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world, and was probably the best travelled woman of her day.Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late eighteenth-century London, her marriage at the ripe age of 36 years to Sir John Franklin, to her many trips to far-flung locations, including Russia, the Holy Land, northern Africa, America and Australia.Once Jane Franklin married, her original ambition - to live life to the full - was joined by an equally ardent desire to make her kind and mild husband a success. Arriving in Tasmania in 1837 when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes; establishing a scientific society and the Hobart regatta; adopting an Aboriginal girl, and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria. She continued her intrepid travels, becoming the first white woman to travel overland from Melbourne to Sydney.When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she badgered the Admiralty, the public and even the President of the United States to fund trips to locate him, and then defended his reputation when remains of the expedition were located and there were claims of cannibalism. Single-handedly, she turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued travelling well into her 70s and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last
Summary
Most biographies of Franklin (1791-1875) draw on the archive that she carefully prepared to preserve her and her husband's reputation, but Alexander looks for other records left during her seven years as a pioneer in Tasmania, and finds quite a different person. Her topics include a girl who did not fit in, to Van Diemen's Land, the governor's lady, the home front, female convicts, the Aborigines, the political question, Jane Franklin v. John Montague, John Franklin disappears, family upsets, and victory. Distributed by IPG. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Award
National Biography Award (Australia), 2014.
Biography type
individual biography
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ANL
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Alexander, Alison
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  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • maps
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Nonfiction
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adult
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The Ambitions of Jane Franklin
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OVERDRIVE:85ae7a3c-111b-4f0a-9356-98a5ee5b4428
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9781743433966
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optical disk
Label
The Ambitions of Jane Franklin
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:85ae7a3c-111b-4f0a-9356-98a5ee5b4428
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743433966
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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