Miss Leake's Journal
TITLE: MIss Leake's Journal
AUTHOR: Alice Meredith Hodgson
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014
PUBLISHER: Research Tasmania
PUBLICATION PLACE: Hobart, TAS
SIZE: 188 A5 pages
COST: RRP $25
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Rosedale was the centre of Sarah Leake's world. Her journal, penned in the mid-nineteenth century when women led lives focussed on domesticity, reveals a close family and a diverse social network. Some were elite, some were not: daily life brought Saarh into contact with all classes. It gives an insight into the management of the house, the relationship between members of the family and their predominantly convict house servants, the requirements for daily life in an isolated rural setting, and the visiting and visitors associated with colonial socialising.
The book is fully indexed and contains illustrations, recipes, extensive annotations and background information to assist with the interpretation of the journal.
An insightful window into a colonial private world this remarkable account of the day-to-day life of an elite nineteenth century Tasmanian woman has been expertly framed and contextualised.
An outline of the book is provided below.
Miss Leake's Journal contains the following chapters:
Miss Sarah Leake of Rosedale
Explanatory Notes on the Transcription
Transcription: Journal of Sarah Elizabeth Leake—covers the period April 1854 to May 1855
Miss Leake in the Kitchen—recipes
Annotations—information on people and places mentioned in the journal