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As washerwomen to the goldfields, Mother Jerusalem and Currency go where the men search for gold. As miners flock to feverishly pursue the new discoveries at Otago, they follow, with their washing machine and the promise of a partnership. Life on the goldfields in the 1860s is hard and the people have to be tough to survive. As the settlement grows many thousands crowd the hills and river banks looking for gold. Crowding the pages of this masterly adventure novel are a host of these rugged characters – loving, hating, giving birth – wonderfully brought to life by Ruth Park.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780140058536

    October 1, 1981

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    300 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742533827

    October 1, 1981

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    300 pages

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Also by Ruth Park

The Harp in the South: Penguin Australian Classics
Swords and Crowns and Rings: Text Classics
Playing Beatie Bow: Popular Penguins
Playing Beatie Bow Popular Penguin
The Harp in the South Trilogy
The Harp in the South: Popular Penguins
The Harp in the South Trilogy PMC
My Sister Sif
Fishing in the Styx ePub
Power of Roses
A Fence Around the Cuckoo
Fence Around The Cuckoo
Playing Beatie Bow

Recommendations

Crimes of the Father
Into the Water
Best Laid Plans
Night School
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Traitor’s Girl
After You
Lake Hill
The Light Between Oceans
Congo Dawn
The Handmaid's Tale
Anything Is Possible
Dunstan
Outlander
Men Without Women
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer
The Mistress
The Course Of Love
Seven Types of Ambiguity