Divorce and legal separation in Australia c. 1900: a tale of two trangressive great-great-grandmothers

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, two of my children’s great-great- grandmothers, Caroline Andrews and Eliza Morris, took legal action to separate themselves from their husbands. In 1900, Caroline Andrews achieved a judicial separation from her husband in Albany, Western Australia. In 1901, Eliza Morris was granted a divorce in Sydney. This chapter uses the practice of family history as a lens to examine broader issues of women’s history. It considers in what sense the ending of their marriages by Eliza Morris and Caroline Edwards might be under- stood as transgressive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngendering Transnational Transgressions
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Intimate to the Global
EditorsEileen Boris, Sandra Trudgen Dawson, Barbara Molony
Place of PublicationAbindon Oxon UK
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003050384
ISBN (Print)9781000222791, 9780367505738
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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