Annie Bright

Preparing Annie Bright A Soul’s Pilgrimage for listing made me curious – as usual.

Imagine this: you have married a freethinking minister, abandoned your home in England to the disapproval of your parents, landed in Australia in 1865, soon to be all but buried in penury and the commonplace tragedy of death in those times. One of her children died, then both her parents, only to be followed by her husband’s being swept off a cliff on a school excursion, drowned.

Yet, Annie had felt that it was right for her to be in Australia and her fortunes certainly turned around as she married Charles Bright and discovered her talent for writing.

For more on her life and work see ‘This World and the Next’ and The Australian Dictionary of Biography

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