|Title: Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney
Author: BISHOP CATHERINE
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Imprint: NEW SOUTH WALES UNI PRESS
Publishing status: Active
A history that populates the streets of colonial Sydney with entrepreneurial businesswomen earning their living in a variety of small â€“ and sometimes surprising â€“ enterprises.
There are few memorials to colonial businesswomen, but if you know where to look you can find many traces of their presence as you wander the streets of Sydney. From millinery and dressmaking to ironmongery and bookselling; from running hotels and boarding-houses to butchering and taxidermy; from school teaching to ginger-beer manufacture: these women have been hidden in the historical record until now.
Catherine Bishop brings the stories of these entrepreneurial women to life, with fascinating details of their successes and failures, their determination and wilfulness, their achievements, their tragedies and the occasional juicy scandal. Until now we have imagined colonial women indoors as wives, and mothers, domestic servants or prostitutes. This book sets them firmly out in the open.