Caroline Chisholm - The Emigrant's Friend written by Tania McCartney
& Illustrated by Pat Reynolds
Published by New Frontier
Kids love books about other ordinary kids who become famous. Caroline Chisholm did not set out to become famous… she just wanted to help people, but she became famous too.
Caroline was born in England in 1808. She married Archibald Chisholm and went to India for a while before moving to Australia. She died in 1877 and ‘The Emigrant’s Friend is engraved on her tombstone in Northampton, England.
Caroline's dream to help people began when she was a very young child. And by the time she was just a young mother, she had helped thousands of the emigrants coming from England to get a far better start than they would have without her. Most of the young women would have had to live a very sordid life to survive. But Caroline Chisholm set up programs that helped them get good jobs and homes. This helped raise the moral of the new colonies in Australia.
Caroline did this work from within Australia, and also back in England where she spent a lot of time and energy sourcing support and funding for more projects in the ‘colonies’.
Tania McCartney has written the powerful story of Caroline Chisholm. The book is written for competent readers from age 7 up to 14 year olds. This book is equally entertaining as educational and would be a great class reader for history or other social studies in schools, especially junior-middle primary.
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Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrated: Pat Reynolds
Title: Caroline Chisholm - The Emigrant's Friend
Publisher: New Frontier
Series: Aussie Heroes
Ages: 6 - 12 years old
Published: December 2013