Issue Details: First known date: 1857... 1857 Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life
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  • Gertrude, the Emigrant: A Tale of Colonial Life (1857) was the first Australian novel written by a native-born woman and the first to be illustrated by its author. Published a few years after Catherine Spence's Clara Morison (1854), Gertrude also follows that novel in its story of a young immigrant heroine making a life in a colony which is itself in the making. The novel draws on authorial and family memories to summon the harsh, more complex, convict worlds of Sutton Forest, the Shoalhaven and Sydney in the late 1830s and 1840s. Binding her novel together with a conventional romance - and a murder mystery - this journalist-writer cannot avoid a wandering mode of picaresque which allows her recording eye free play. The chief value of Gertrude, the Emigrant rests today in its fresh, detailed documentation of regional history and its fine, evocative descriptions of lands and forests now lost. Written from a perspective as interested in domestic life as bush adventures, this is a novel which refuses to understand Australian colonial as English life transported elsewhere.

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* Contents derived from the Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Australian Defence Force Academy. Dept. of English , Mulini Press , Australian Defence Force Academy. Australian Scholarly Editions Centre , 1998 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Gertrude, the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life : Introduction, Elizabeth Lawson , 1857-1998 single work criticism (p. xiii-lxii)
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A Desire for Decency Joan H. Macdonald , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 23 2008; (p. 84-93)
The Home : Furnishing the House in Early Australia Caroline Innett , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Margin , April no. 74 2008; (p. 19-26)
Out of England : Literary Subjectivity in the Australian Colonies, 1788-1867 Simon During , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 3-21) Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 61-72)
'...During traces the formation and transformation of 'modern literary subjectivity' in the distinctive conditions of nineteenth century Australia.' Source: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory (2010)
Tricky and Reluctant Editing Robert Dixon , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Coppertales : A Journal of Rural Arts , no. 6 2000; (p. 112-115)

— Review of Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life Louisa Atkinson 1857 single work novel
Beyond the Wattle: Recent Perspectives on Australian Colonial Literature Michael Ackland , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin , Second Quarter vol. 23 no. 2 1999; (p. 116-127)
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— Appears in: Newsletter (Australian Scholarly Editions Centre) , March no. 4 1999; (p. 3-5)

— Review of The Academy Editions of Australian Literature 1992- series - publisher ; Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life Louisa Atkinson 1857 single work novel ; Australian Autobiographical Narratives: An Annotated Bibliography : Volume 2: 1850-1900 1998 single work bibliography biography
Tricky and Reluctant Editing Robert Dixon , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Coppertales : A Journal of Rural Arts , no. 6 2000; (p. 112-115)

— Review of Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life Louisa Atkinson 1857 single work novel
A Faithful Picture of Life in Leipzig Ralph Elliott , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 August 1998; (p. 21)

— Review of Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life Louisa Atkinson 1857 single work novel ; Maurice Guest Henry Handel Richardson 1908 single work novel
A Colonial Novel Lucy Frost , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 206 1998; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Gertrude the Emigrant : A Tale of Colonial Life Louisa Atkinson 1857 single work novel
Louisa Atkinson : Writings on Aboriginal Land Ownership Elizabeth Lawson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Margin , no. 21 1989; (p. 15-20)
Out of England : Literary Subjectivity in the Australian Colonies, 1788-1867 Simon During , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 3-21) Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 61-72)
'...During traces the formation and transformation of 'modern literary subjectivity' in the distinctive conditions of nineteenth century Australia.' Source: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory (2010)
The Home : Furnishing the House in Early Australia Caroline Innett , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Margin , April no. 74 2008; (p. 19-26)
A Desire for Decency Joan H. Macdonald , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 23 2008; (p. 84-93)
Untitled Paul Eggert , 1998 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Margin , April no. 44 1998; (p. 18-20)
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