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The French Consul's Wife: Memoirs of CÚleste de Chabrillan in Gold-rush Australia


Clancy, PA and Allen, JM, The French Consul's Wife: Memoirs of Celeste de Chabrillan in Gold-rush Australia, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 336. ISBN 0522850669 (1998) [Authored Research Book]


This memoir of Cleste de Chabrillan, former Parisian courtesan, circus performer, dancer, and wife of the French consul, offers a firsthand account of the years she spent in gold rush Victoria during the middle of the 19th century. De Chabrillan recounts stories of her childhood in the village of St. Kilda, her time spent in the Ballarat gold field, and her attendance of a public hanging and Governor Hothams beer ball. The publication of this memoir, which includes descriptions of her illegitimate birth, miserable adolescence, and celebrity career as a bareback rider and polka dancer, resulted in de Chabrillan's ostracism from Melbourne society and her being nicknamed the consuls harlot spouse.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:CÚleste de Chabrillan, memoirs
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Literature in French
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Allen, JM (Dr Jeanne Allen)
ID Code:67687
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-03-07
Last Modified:2011-03-07

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