Georgiana

A biography of Georgiana McCrae, painter, diarist, pioneer

Brenda Niall
Winner, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, VIC Premier's Literary Awards, 1995
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Georgiana

A biography of Georgiana McCrae, painter, diarist, pioneer

Brenda Niall
Winner, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, VIC Premier's Literary Awards, 1995
Award-winning biography of Georgiana Huntly McCrae, illegitimate daughter of a Scottish duke, professional portrait painter in 1820s Edinburgh, and settler's wife in early Melbourne.
After a childhood among artists, French émigrés and English radicals in Regency London, Georgiana lived as a young woman at her father's castle in the Highlands.

A gifted portraitist, professionally trained in London, she earned her own living in Edinburgh before making the choice between marriage and a career. After marrying Andrew McCrae in 1830 she followed her husband in his erratic progress from Edinburgh to London and then to Port Phillip, where he was successively lawyer, squatter and goldfields magistrate. The varied fortunes of the McCraes are recounted in a story whose tragic elements are counter-balanced by the strength of mind, the lively wit and creativity of Georgiana.

By allowing Georgiana's own voice to be heard through her letters and journals Brenda Niall has brought a legendary colonial figure into authentic vibrant life.
After a childhood among artists, French émigrés and English radicals in Regency London, Georgiana lived as a young woman at her father's castle in the Highlands.

A gifted portraitist, professionally trained in London, she earned her own living in Edinburgh before making the choice between marriage and a career. After marrying Andrew McCrae in 1830 she followed her husband in his erratic progress from Edinburgh to London and then to Port Phillip, where he was successively lawyer, squatter and goldfields magistrate. The varied fortunes of the McCraes are recounted in a story whose tragic elements are counter-balanced by the strength of mind, the lively wit and creativity of Georgiana.

By allowing Georgiana's own voice to be heard through her letters and journals Brenda Niall has brought a legendary colonial figure into authentic vibrant life.

Brenda Niall

Brenda Niall

One of Australia's best-known writers Brenda Niall is the author of four award-winning biographies. She has an AO for services to Australian literature, and an honorary D.Litt. from Monash as well as degrees from the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and Monash University. As Reader in English at Monash University, she gave courses on Australian literature, American literature, biography and autobiography. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, Yale University…

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