Van Velzen, Marianne

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Coober Pedy’s opal fields were not for the faint-hearted: flies, dust, next to no water, and a hole in the ground for a house. But English-born Millie Berrington thrives in this harsh outback world. Casting aside life as a typist in London in the 1920s, Millie and her brother Victor were ready for adventure and it was outback South Australia that beckoned.

Enthralling and a pleasure to read, this is the fascinating story of one of Australia’s first woman opal miners and the outback world in which she flourished.

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"I had expected this book to be a bit tedious. I was totally wrong!"

"The further I got into this book, the more fascinated I became. I felt like I knew this woman, I identified with her, I began to imagine the author was writing this like a letter to me, telling me about this mutual friend, Minnie!"

"I enjoyed this biography and appreciated the extensive research the author had done on the Australian outback and on Minnie's life and family."

"Minnie was so different and admirable and so easy to identify with. The sort of person you would treasure as a friend."

"I think most readers would find this book as delightful and inspiring as I have."

"The author shows good knowledge of Australian history and is interested in women who lived nomadic lives outside of society."

"This is an inspiring story of a feisty pioneering woman who sought freedom and adventure in the outback."



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