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