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The French consul's wife : memoirs of Celeste de Chabrillan in gold-rush Australia / translation, with introduction and notes, by Patricia Clancy and Jeanne Allen of Un deuil au bout du monde (1877)
Bib ID 311028
Format BookBook
Author
Chabrillan, Celeste Venard de, comtesse, 1824-1909
 
Uniform Title Deuil au bout du monde. English
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Description Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 1998 
304 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0522847757
Series

Miegunyah Press series. Series 2 ; no. 18.

Summary

"A former Parisian courtesan, circus performer and dancer, Celeste de Chabrillan scandalised Melbourne society when she arrived in 1854 as the wife of the French Consul. These memoirs give a vivid first-hand account of the two-and-a-half years she spent in gold-rush Victoria."--BOOK JACKET. "Celeste's arrival in Melbourne was preceded by the publication of her earlier memoirs describing her illegitimate birth, miserable adolescence and celebrity career as courtesan, bare-back rider and polka dancer. She had believed the book would never reach Australia but it went on sale just before she arrived. As a result she was dubbed the consul's 'harlot spouse' and ostracised by polite society."--BOOK JACKET.

"Despite this, Celeste did not avoid the public gaze and continued to employ her literary talents. These memoirs are of a life spent in the village of St. Kilda, the diplomatic and Government House circle and the Ballarat gold fields. The exotic dancer Lola Montez, the actor/entrepreneur George Coppin and the pioneer photographer Antoine Fauchery are among the historical figures portrayed by a writer who is revealed as a woman of great energy and wilful temperament."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography.

Subjects Chabrillan, Celeste Venard de, comtesse, 1824-1909.  |  Actors -- France -- Biography.  |  Gold mines and mining -- Victoria.  |  Victoria -- Social life and customs -- 1851-1891.
Other authors/contributors Clancy, Patricia A  |  Allen, Jeanne, 1957-

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