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Susanna De Vries Susanna De Vries i(A65995 works by) (a.k.a. Susanna De Vries-Evans; Susanna Mary De Vries)
Born: Established: London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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1 y separately published work icon Australia’s Most Decorated Woman – The Story of Joice Loch Susanna De Vries , Tingalpa : Boolarong Press , 2022 24456764 2022 single work biography

'Jocie Loch was an extraordinary Australian. She saved countless lives post World War 1 in Poland, Serbia and Greece. During World War 2 she worked under cover for Britain and saved the lives of refugees in Poland and Romania. Jocie Loch’s 12 medals are as follows:

  • Poland: Gold Cross, 1922
  • Serbia: Order of St Sava, 1924
  • Greece: Order of the Phoenix 1926
  • Greece: Order of the Phoenix, 1929
  • Greece: Order of the Redeemer,1931
  • Greece: Order of the Redeemer, 1932
  • Greece: Gold Medal, National Academy, 1935
  • Britain: MBE, 1933
  • Romania: Order of Elizabeth, National Academy, 1941
  • Poland: Gold Cross, 1945
  • Greece: Order of Beneficence, 1950
  • Greece: Order of Beneficence, 1952

'This biography is a tribute to one of Australia’s more heroic women who always spoke of her fondness for her birth place in Queensland. In 2006, the Loch Memorial Museum was opened in the tower by the sea in Ouranoupolis as a tribute to the Loch’s humanitarian work.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Nell Susanna De Vries , Tingalpa : Boolarong Press , 2020 19556766 2020 single work biography

'NELL, THE AUSTRALIAN HEIRESS WHO SAVED HER HUSBAND FROM STALIN & THE NAZIS relates the fascinating story of department store heiress, Nell Tritton whose elder siblings died in the 1919 Spanish flu pandemic; their systems weakened by childhood lead poisoning. Doctors warned Nell her life was also likely to be curtailed and wanting to live it to the full she went to live in Jazz Age Montparnasse. After a whirlwind romantic courtship Nell married a handsome Tsarist cavalry officer who had lost his estates in the Russian revolution and supported his efforts to become a singer. Nell also supported the talented Russian writer Nina Berberova who confided to her the hidden story of the Lockhart Plot funded by the British secret service to assassinate Lenin. “The British did this to stop Communism revolution spreading to Britain,” explains Susanna. “Nell showed her spy novel to author Compton Mackenzie who had worked for MI6 unaware Mackenzie was being prosecuted for a spy novel deemed to have contravened the Official Secrets Act. He warned Nell her novel with details of the Lockhart plot also contravened the Act and her spy novel remained unpublished.'

(Source: publisher's blurb)

1 y separately published work icon Rebel Women Who Changed Australia Susanna De Vries , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2019 15438769 2019 selected work biography

'Visionaries, pioneers, activists and artists - women who made a difference to Australia

'An updated and condensed edition of Susanna de Vries' Great Australian Women, this is a celebration of women who broke the mould, crashed through the ceilings, and shaped the nation in the fields of medicine, law, the arts and politics.

'From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, to Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister, Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize, and Catherine Hamlin, who has given hope to thousands of women through her fistula hospitals in Africa, these are women who have made a difference. They are the women who helped to forge the Australia we know today.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 4 y separately published work icon Australian Heroines of World War One : Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front Susanna De Vries , Chapel Hill : Pirgos Press , 2013 Z1934456 2013 single work biography 'Australian Heroines Of World War One is the story of eight courageous women, told through diaries, letters, original photos, paintings and maps. In Belgium, Louise Creed, a Sydney journalist caught in the besieged city of Antwerp, made a hair-raising escape from a German firing squad and lived to tell the tale. Grace Wilson, ordered to establish an emergency hospital on drought-ridden Lemnos Island, arrived there to find no drinking water, tents or medical supplies. Grace and her nurses tore up their petticoats to use as bandages, survived for weeks on bully beef and biscuits and saved the lives of thousands wounded at Lone Pine and the Nek. These are just some of the inspiring stories in this book.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 Head for Figures Susanna De Vries , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 20 - 26 April no. 829 2011; (p. 26)

— Review of Trailblazers : Caroline Chisholm To Quentin Bryce Susanna De Vries , 2011 single work biography
1 4 y separately published work icon Trailblazers : Caroline Chisholm To Quentin Bryce Susanna De Vries , Chapel Hill : Pirgos Press , 2011 Z1763837 2011 single work biography

'Pioneer Eliza Hawkins blazed a trail across the Blue Mountains. Sydney journalist Louise Mack moved to Tuscany and enjoyed a steamy affair with Italy's leading writer. As the world's first female war correspondent she reported the German invasion of Belgium for The Daily Mail, Louise narrowly escaped being shot as a spy and returned to Sydney.

Sister Ann Donnell risked her life to save Gallipoli victims in a field hospital on the island of Lemnos.

Beautiful, wild and wealthy, Nell Tritton became the lover and second wife of Alexander Kerensky, former Prime Minister of Russia. Nell foiled attempts by Stalin to assassinate her husband and drove him to freedom when the Nazis invaded Paris.

Melbourne artist Hilda Rix Nicholas had a five day honeymoon before her husband was killed fighting the Germans in France. Hilda had two landmark exhibitions in Paris before returning to Australia, marrying again and moving to the Monaro.

Mary Gaunt explored the remote jungles of West Africa with a team of naked warriors carrying her baggage. Two years later, in 1913 she spent six months in Peking, in an era before China had proper roads, journeying by mule cart from Peking to the Gobi desert and wrote three books about her adventures.

Margaret Ogg and Vida Goldstein were jeered in the 1890s when they claimed women were clever enough to get into Parliament.

It took 50 years before Enid Lyons, widowed mother of twelve, was made Australia's first Cabinet Minister and her struggles to hold office are compared with the career of Julia Gillard, our first female Prime Minister, and Quentin Bryce, mother of five and our first female Governor-General.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 4 y separately published work icon Females on the Fatal Shore Susanna De Vries , Brisbane : Pirgos Press , 2009 Z1613912 2009 selected work biography

'This is the story of the lives of 11 significant women who sailed to the colonies in Australia's founding years.

'The first to arrive was Esther Abrahams, an attractive 16-year-old Jewish girl transported for shoplifting two cards of lace. Esther and other female convicts landed on 'the fatal shore' in a storm and she and many other female convicts were set upon by sex-starved men who had been awaiting their arrival for two weeks. Esther survived and under her own name became a wealthy cattle farmer.

'Pioneer sheep farmers Elizabeth Macarthur and Eliza Forlonge were bitter rivals to own the best breed of merino sheep. Like a character in a Jane Austen novel, witty, artistic Fanny Macleay lacked a dowry at a time when marriage was a young woman's main aim. Fanny's ambitious mother urged her six daughters to marry for money, but strong-minded Fanny had ideas of her own.

'In South Australia Mary Thomas, faced deprivation and despair as she struggled to give her children a better life. Irish Catholic Annie Mooney Caldwell came to South Australia as an indentured servant before becoming a 'dungaree settler' on a small block of land with a poor water supply. As a widow with a young family Annie became Australia's 'Mother Courage' undertaking a dangerous journey in a covered wagon from South Australia's Adelaide Hills many hundreds of miles to New South Wales.

'Van Diemen's Land punished and persecuted convicts and decimated the Aboriginal population. Louisa Meredith, wife of Tasmanian settler Charles Meredith faced a life of deprivation with courage. So did the aristocratic Georgiana McCrea who had to live in a wooden shack surrounded by mud and mire on Lonsdale Street in the centre of Melbourne before the roads were paved.

'Landing at Western Australia's Swan River Settlement, Mary Anne Friend had to camp on the edge of the Swan River surrounded by distraught settlers facing starvation as their crops withered and died. Mary Anne and her husband sailed away to Tasmania but the stress of a court case caused Mary Anne's premature death.

'Mary Anna Spencer was a distant cousin of the Spencers of Althorp House, the dynasty that would eventually produce Lady Diana Spencer, (Princess of Wales). In 1848 Mary Anna rumbled through the Queensland outback in a covered wagon where her father took up a pastoral property. Her English cousins had lives of luxury while Mary Anna lived in a bark hut and helped muster cattle.

'Letters and portraits help bring these women to life and describe the dangers and deprivations of pioneering in the six colonies that would unite at Federation to form one nation - Australia.

'These tales of women triumphing over adversity document the early decades of a nation and are told with great panache by Susanna de Vries who has inherited the Irish gift for storytelling. (From the publisher's website.)

1 3 Rudd Surrenders the Fight to Keep Australian Words on Bookshelves Susanna De Vries , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 September 2008; (p. 10)
1 7 y separately published work icon Desert Queen : The Many Lives and Loves of Daisy Bates Susanna De Vries , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2008 Z1477725 2008 single work biography "Born into modest circumstances in Ireland in 1859 and orphaned by the age of six, Daisy Bates' prospects were dim. But through strength of will she pulled herself up to become governess, wife, mother, journalist, intrepid traveller and one of Australia's most controversial ethnographers. The mistress of reinvention, once in Australia, Daisy was able to pass herself off as a member of the aristocracy. Marriage followed - first to the young Breaker Morant, then bigamously to two other husbands. But her lack of convention went deeper than her private life; at a time when white Australia mostly turned its back on indigenous Australians, Daisy set out to study desert Aborigines and document their culture. She would eventually spend 16 years living in a tent in outback Australia tending and documenting desert tribes."--Provided by publisher.
1 Prologue : The Early Years - Portrait with Background Susanna De Vries , Jack De Vries , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: The Straits Impregnable 2007; (p. 1-14)
Recounts Loch's childhood in England and his early years in Australia before joining the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on the outbreak of World War I.
1 The Straits Impregnable - 'the Best Book on Gallipoli' - Banned by the Censor Susanna De Vries , Jack De Vries , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Straits Impregnable 2007; (p. ix-xvii)
Details the censorship of Sydney Loch's book about his experiences at Gallipoli, The Straits Impregnable.
1 Village the Voice of its Heroes Susanna De Vries , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 April 2007; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Straits Impregnable Sydney de Loghe , 1916 single work novel
2 9 y separately published work icon The Straits Impregnable Sydney de Loghe , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2007 Z271976 1916 single work novel war literature
1 Pioneer Women and the Stolen Generation Susanna De Vries , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Summer vol. 18 no. 1 2006; (p. 162-169)
1 7 y separately published work icon Great Pioneer Women of the Outback Susanna De Vries , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2005 Z1201570 2005 selected work biography 'In the 1800s, the first white farmers and graziers making their homes in the outback were joined by their wives, many of whom had no idea what lay in store. This book profiles Australia's women pioneers and records the extraordinary grit and determination it took to build what many would consider an ordinary life.' (Publication summary)
1 9 y separately published work icon Heroic Australian Women in War : Astonishing Tales of Bravery from Galliopoli to Kokoda Susanna De Vries (editor), Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2004 Z1108224 2004 selected work biography

'Nancy Wake remarked: 'The exploits of Australia's women at war have been sadly neglected for years.’ Yet women have suffered, strengthened and defied fear in extraordinary acts of bravery.

'In this inspiring book, Susanna de Vries profiles the love, dedication and selflessness, of eleven outstanding Australians over the course of two world wars ‑ from Olive King, who saved countless lives in the war-ravaged Balkans, although she lost her heart; to Gallipoli nurse Alice Kitchen, who also served in France; to Vivian Bullwinkel, who survived the Bangka Island Massacre only to face more than three years watching her colleagues die as a Japanese prisoner of war and her ‘Paradise Road’ colleagues, Sisters Betty Jeffrey and Queenslanders Sylvia Muir and Joice Tweddell..

'Focusing not only on the astounding courage they displayed amid death and chaos but also on the triumphs and pain of their personal lives, Susanna reveals how these women were as influential and heroic in civil life as they were in war.' (Publication summary)

1 3 y separately published work icon The Complete Book of Great Australian Women : Thirty-Six Women Who Changed the Course of Australia Susanna De Vries , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2003 Z1056099 2003 selected work biography Thirty-six biographical essays on prominent Australian women, including writers.
1 Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) (1920-1993) : An Outstanding Woman Writer Who Fought for Justice and Her People Susanna De Vries , 2002 single work biography
— Appears in: Great Australian Women : Volume 2 - From Pioneering Days to the Present 2002; (p. 259-274)
1 Kylie Tennant, OM (1912-1988) : A Witty and Compassionate Author and Social Commentator Susanna De Vries , 2002 single work biography
— Appears in: Great Australian Women : Volume 2 - From Pioneering Days to the Present 2002; (p. 234-258)
1 Stella Miles Franklin (1879-1954) and Rose Scott (1847-1925) : Visionaries Who Demanded Change to the Role of Women Susanna De Vries , 2002 single work biography
— Appears in: Great Australian Women : Volume 2 - From Pioneering Days to the Present 2002; (p. 100-174)