Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 9 May 22

Mary Ann & Captain Piper by Jessica North

 

Born on Norfolk Island to First Fleet convicts, Mary Ann was destined to become a farmer’s wife. Instead, at the age of fourteen she entranced the Island’s Commandant, the charming and flirtatious Captain Piper.

Mary Ann became mistress of the colony’s grandest home when Sydney was just becoming a party town. With scores of servants, she and Captain Piper entertained on a scale that had never been seen in the Colonies.

Mary Ann’s life journey from barefoot child to Sydney’s fashionable society encompasses triumphs, tragedies and travels around the globe. For the first time, Jessica North’s biography reveals Mary Ann Piper to be one of the most remarkable women in Australia’s early history.

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Mary Ann & Captain Piper | Jessica North

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