The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer

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Allen & Unwin, 2016 - Adventure and adventurers - 304 pages
Winner of the 2014 National Biography Award in Australia. 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 traveled woman of her day. Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late 18th-century London, her marriage to Sir John Franklin, the famous Arctic explorer, and her many trips to far-flung locations. 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, adopting an Aboriginal girl, and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria. When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she single-handedly turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued traveling well into her 70s and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.

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Beautifully written history of an interesting personality. Jane Franklin came from a well-to-do family, and married late to a 'rising man' who also came from other than the elite. She spent much of ... Read full review

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For all her enormous stature -- her inspiring of three dozen search expeditions for her missing husband, her persuasive powers over Presidents and Prime Ministers, and her eponymous ballad, Lady Jane ... Read full review

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Alison Alexander is one of Tasmania's best-known historians, and author of Tasmania's Convicts.

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