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These women encountered conditions which would test their resilience and resourcefulness to the utmost: relentless heat, dust and isolation; hostile wildlife; no medical facilities; and never-ending, backbreaking work. The outback was indeed no place for a lady. Yet many women with no previous experience of hardship rose to the challenge of creating homes, nursing, farming and keeping journals, which provided a startling picture of the life they faced"Great Pioneer Women of the Outback profiles ten female pioneers, from Jeannie Gunn, author We of the Never-Never to equally remarkable but lesser known women, such as Emma Withnell in Western Australia and Evelyn Maunsell in Queensland. Building on the women's records and her own knowledge of Australian history, Susanna de Vries documents the grit and determination it took to build what many today would consider an extraordinary life.