Australian Mythologies: The Eliza Fraser Story and Constructions of the Feminine in Patrick White’s A Fringe of Leaves and Sidney Nolan’s Eliza Fraser Paintings

@article{Schaffer1992AustralianMT,
  title={Australian Mythologies: The Eliza Fraser Story and Constructions of the Feminine in Patrick White’s A Fringe of Leaves and Sidney Nolan’s Eliza Fraser Paintings},
  author={Kay Schaffer},
  journal={Us / Them},
  year={1992}
}
  • K. Schaffer
  • Published 1 January 1992
  • History, Art
  • Us / Them
When I first read Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves (1976) some years ago I was interested in the incredible story of hardship and survival of a woman in the Australian bush. This so-called historical novel tells the story of the 1836 shipwreck off what is now the Queensland coast, the captivity and death of its crew members among the Aborigines and the story of the heroine's, Mrs Ellen Roxburgh, sole survival and eventual escape with Jack Chance, an escaped convict with whom she shares… 
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Returning to England in 1840, the "Bristol Maid" is shipwrecked on the Queensland Coast and Mrs Roxburgh is taken prisoner by a tribe of Aborigines. In the course of her escape, she is torn by

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