Far From a Low Gutter Girl

The forgotten world of state wards, South Australia, 1887-1940

by Margaret Barbalet

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The real world of early Australian domestic servants revealed.

Drawing on the letters of girls who were made state wards, acclaimed writer and historian Margaret Barbalet’s Far From a Low Gutter Girl reveals the real world of Australian domestic servants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, amplifying their voices for the first time.

Far from a Low Gutter Girl was first published to critical acclaim in 1983.

In addition to non-fiction, Margaret Barbalet has written essays, children’s books, poetry, short stories and novels. She also worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for eighteen years. For more visit her website, margaretbarbalet.com

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Published by Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project

Once out of print, these lost Australian books have been brought back to life as part of Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project. You can borrow them from your local library as ebooks, or buy from all major online booksellers.

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