Published: 28/01/2018
ISBN: 9781788039741
Format: Paperback

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JANE GULLIFORD LOWES grew up in Seaham, County Durham and has a passion for the people, places and history of North East England. A lawyer and a makeup artist by profession, she is the author of a po... read more

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The Horsekeeper’s Daughter
by Jane Gulliford Lowes

A small girl’s fascination with a battered old box of letters and photographs from a pioneer family in Queensland leads to the discovery of a tale of industrial unrest in the mining communities of County Durham in the 1880s.

Covering the years 1880-1942 and chronicling poverty, exploitation, destitution, adventure, love, tragedy and an incredible coincidence, The Horsekeeper’s Daughter tells the true story of the County Durham mining village of Seaham, its people, and one remarkable woman. Twenty two year old Sarah Marshall left the Durham pit villages in 1886 and travelled alone to start a new life on the far side of the world. Spanning ten thousand miles, the narrative weaves between County Durham and Queensland, and explores the lives of ordinary folk who faced extraordinary circumstances.

The book unravels the social, political and economic factors which resulted in thousands of British women leaving their homes and families behind for the new state of Queensland, through the government-sponsored Single Female Migrant Programme. The prejudices, hardships and challenges these young women encountered on arrival in Australia are revealed. The experiences of Sarah and her family are paralleled with those of the loved ones she left behind in County Durham, as they faced their own struggles through times of political upheaval and financial deprivation.

Drawing upon family links, original letters and photographs, The Horsekeeper’s Daughter offers a unique perspective on the forgotten story of a working class girl, and the experiences of the hundreds of young North East women who left North East England who sailed to Australia to forge new lives in the late 19th Century.

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**BOOK LAUNCH** Come along to the Dun Cow, Seaton Village, Seaham, Co. Durham, on Saturday 9th December from 6pm onwards. Real ales, mulled wine, log fires and book signing in the very spot where much of the book took place. All welcome!

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