Making Tasmania Home Louisa Meredith's Colonizing Prose patricia grimshaw and ann standish When Louisa Meredith, a British-born and bred writer recently married to her Tasmanian-reared cousin, arrived in Tasmania in 1840 after a year spent in New South Wales, she was pleasurably struck by the colony's discernible similarities to Britain. "I am often glad that I spent the first year of my antipodean life in New South Wales," she wrote, "for now many things which I should not have observed had I arrived here in the first instance, are sources of great delight to me, as being so much more English than in the larger colony, and I could fancy myself some degrees nearer home."1 Although Meredith never returned to England, it would remain "home" for her until her death in 1895. In the 1840s, however, Tasmania offered the possibility of creating a new home in the Australian colonies, one that came as close as might be hoped to Meredith's English ideal. The preference Meredith felt for Tasmania over New South Wales was based on a number of factors. Being so much further south, Tasmania's climate was cooler and more appealing. This in turn meant the landscape was
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jul 17, 2007
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