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A woman in the wilderness : the story of Amalie Dietrich in Australia

Author: Ray Sumner
Publisher: Kensington, NSW, Australia : New South Wales University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biography of German naturalist Amalie Dietrich who spent ten years in northern Queensland assembling a major botanical, zoological and anthropological collection for a private museum in Hamburg, this collection included Aboriginal remains; book attempts to separate the scientist from the fictional heroine; divided into three parts - first deals with Dietrichs early life in Germany and her marriage, second gives an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Amalie Dietrich; Amalie Dietrich; Amalie Dietrich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Sumner
ISBN: 0868401978 9780868401973
OCLC Number: 28743531
Description: xiii, 148 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. From Siebenlehn to Australia. 1. Three women and one man. 2. The hard road --
pt. II. Ten Years in Australia. 3. 'Something new and interesting at every step'. 4. 'The highest trees in the world'. 5. Of Kanakas, Papuans and Aborigines. 6. The tree kangaroo. 7. A fairytale world. 8. The journey home --
pt. III. Science and the Literary Imagination. 9. Mother and daughter. 10. Amalie Dietrich. A Life.
Responsibility: Ray Sumner.

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Biography of German naturalist Amalie Dietrich who spent ten years in northern Queensland assembling a major botanical, zoological and anthropological collection for a private museum in Hamburg, this collection included Aboriginal remains; book attempts to separate the scientist from the fictional heroine; divided into three parts - first deals with Dietrichs early life in Germany and her marriage, second gives an account of her travels in Australia, and the third analyses the relationship between Dietrich and her daughter and the creation of Dietrich as a semi-fictional heroine.

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