To the memory of the Wives of Australia’s Pioneers
memory of the Women who first went out and bore the bushland’s burdens and made the silences and solitudes their home. And to the WIVES
whom disappointment and misfortune never bereft of hope. To you whose work is never at end, whose days are spent in rearing, in caring, in making, in mending, in comforting and helping; To you who cheerfully strive to make ends meet and keep the home and the homestead together; To you mothers of the yeomanry of our infant nation; Mothers of Australian bushmen; with admiration and respect I dedicate this book.