The Ambitions of Jane Franklin

Victorian lady adventurer

Alison Alexander
AUD $22.99

A genius at publicity before the term existed, Jane Franklin was a celebrity in the mid-19th century. This is her remarkable life, including her extensive travels, her years in Tasmania as the governor's wife, and her very public battle to save her husband, the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, from accusations of cannibalism.

Winner of the 2014 National Biography Award

'An engrossing biography of a fascinating and fearless modern woman.' - Professor Marilyn Lake, La Trobe University

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 travelled woman of her day.

Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late eighteenth-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 travelling well into her 70s and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.

Author bio:

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

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781760292546
Awards: Winner National Biography Award 2014 AU; Short-listed The Courier Mail People's History Award 2013 AU; Short-listed The Courier Mail People's Choice Book Award 2013 AU
Table Of Contents: Introduction

Chapter 1 A girl who did not fit in

Chapter 2 The Franklin connection

Chapter 3 An occasional marriage

Chapter 4 To Van Diemen's Land

Chapter 5 The governor's lady

Chapter 6 The home front

Chapter 7 Female convicts

Chapter 8 Improving the colony

Chapter 9 The Aborigines

Chapter 10 Mount Wellington, Sydney and beyond

Chapter 11 Three women's lives

Chapter 12 The political question

Chapter 13 Jane Franklin v. John Montagu

Chapter 14 John Franklin disappears

Chapter 15 Jane Franklin's Search

Chapter 16 Family upsets

Chapter 17 Victory




Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: February 2016
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography & True Stories