The Governesses: Letters From The Colonies 1862 1882

The Governesses Letters From The Colonies The pioneer group of six governesses sent to Australia by Miss Maria Rye prior to the formation of the FMCES Female Middle Class Emigration Society scheme arrived in Sydney on September As on

  • Title: The Governesses: Letters From The Colonies 1862 1882
  • Author: Patricia Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780044421252
  • Page: 287
  • Format: None
  • The pioneer group of six governesses sent to Australia by Miss Maria Rye prior to the formation of the FMCES Female Middle Class Emigration Society scheme, arrived in Sydney on 20 September 1861 As one was to write, Sydney was then nearing the seventy fifth anniversary of its foundation Its population of about 95,000 lived in the city and in the surrounding suburbsThe pioneer group of six governesses sent to Australia by Miss Maria Rye prior to the formation of the FMCES Female Middle Class Emigration Society scheme, arrived in Sydney on 20 September 1861 As one was to write, Sydney was then nearing the seventy fifth anniversary of its foundation Its population of about 95,000 lived in the city and in the surrounding suburbs Farther out were the villagesAt the time the governesses arrived, education in New South Wales was a haphazard affair There were five systems, one National Government and four denominational Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist , all receiving some government funds, but educating, in all, fewer than half the children of school age There were also many hundreds of small private schools of variable quality Many middle and upper class children were educated at home, but in the poorer parts of Sydney and the newly settled farming districts, large numbers of children received no schooling The first group of FMCES governesses arrived in high hopes that their services would be in great demand The group Emily Streeter, Georgiana Mounsdon, Ellen Ireland, Gertrude Gooch, Mary Phillips and Miss Butterfield had left England just over three months earlier aboard the Rachel The reception the governesses received was not what they had expected Mary Phillips, regarded by fellow governess Gertrude Gooch as ignorant and the worst sort of person to go to Australia, wrote from Cooper Cowper Street Goulburn on 16 June 1862 Commenting on an article that appeared in the London Times on the work of the FMCES, Mary Phillips wrote to Miss Rye the Times I think was right, there is no opening here for a number of educated Females a few who have friends may do very well.

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    1. In the latter part of the 19th century, a benevolent society was set up to help unemployed governesses in Britain find employment in Australia and New Zealand. They were loaned money for their passage and establishment costs and assisted with some contacts. They were also asked to write and inform the society of their progress and situation. Unfortunately not all of them were successful in their endeavours. Australian households needed cooks, housemaids and farmworkers more than governesses.For [...]

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