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The ambitions of Jane Franklin, Alison Alexander

Label
The ambitions of Jane Franklin
Title
The ambitions of Jane Franklin
Statement of responsibility
Alison Alexander
Title variation
The ambitions of Jane Franklin
Title variation remainder
Victorian lady adventurer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 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 18th 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
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
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10358673
Cataloging source
ANL
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1949-
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Alexander, Alison
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Jane Griffin
  • Franklin, John
  • Women explorers
  • Explorers
  • Explorers' spouses
  • Arctic regions
  • Northwest Passage
Target audience
general
Label
The ambitions of Jane Franklin, Alison Alexander
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Victorian lady adventurer"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-287) and index
Control code
000050542649
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 294 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781742375694
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
Label
The ambitions of Jane Franklin, Alison Alexander
Publication
Note
"Victorian lady adventurer"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-287) and index
Control code
000050542649
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 294 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781742375694
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.

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