Susanna De Vries - Author

About the Author

Susanna de Vries is an art historian who lectures at the University of Queensland. She has been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to study Renaissance art in Italy, and has written extensively on art and history both here and overseas. She was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1996 'for services to art and literature'. Susanna is the author of many books, several of which have won awards. In 2001 she was awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Fellowship to write in Ireland by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Her most recent book was To Hell and Back.

Featured books by Susanna De Vries

To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2007

The book the military censors banned As a young soldier in the battlefields of Gallipoli, Sydney Loch witnessed the horror of war first-hand. On his return to Australia he detailed what he saw in his book, The Straits Impregnable. Hoping to avoid military censorship, his publishers dubbed Sydney's book a novel. But as the war ground on and the numbers of casualties grew, the publisher inserted a note saying the story was factual. The book, which had enjoyed huge literary acclaim, was immediately withdrawn from sale by the censors. Sydney Loch's experiences in the war shaped his life afterwards. With his wife, Joice, he went on to work in refugee camps in Poland and Palestine, and his many subsequent books, set in war-torn countries, reflected his humanitarian beliefs. In To Hell and Back, historians Susanna and Jake de Vries have recovered and edited Sydney's book for a new generation of readers and written a biography of his remarkable life.

Other books by Susanna De Vries

Trailblazers Caroline Chisholm to Quentin Bryce

Trailblazers Caroline Chisholm to Quentin Bryce

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Trailblazers

Trailblazers

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2015

Caroline Chisolm's hard work and determination changed the history of female migration to Australia and ensured better conditions for families on migrant ships and offered them paid work. Eliza Hawkins was a trailblazer, surviving a dangerous journey as the first European woman to cross the Blue Mountains to Bathurst, travelling by horse and cart. Mary Gaunt from Ballarat dared to lead her own expeditions in West Africa and China, travelling from Peking to the edge of the Gobi desert in a mule cart and became a very popular travel writer and novelist. Hilda Rix Nicholas fought for women painters to be taken seriously and held successful exhibitions in France and Britain, before returning to Australia to paint superb images of rural life in the Monaro. Sister Anne Donnell was one of the first nurses to volunteer in World War One. Her letters made her famous, recounting the sufferings of Anzacs in a military hospital on Lemnos, where British administrative bungles kept the nurses and their patients short of sheets, bandages and drinking water. Nell Tritton from Brisbane became personal assistant and translator to handsome Alexander Kerensky, the reformist Russian Prime Minister who was later deposed by Lenin. As Madame Kerensky she helped him escape assassins sent by Stalin. As the Nazis advanced on Paris Nell used her own money to purchase forged Spanish visas so her husband's Russian-Jewish employees and their families could escape from the invading Nazis. Louise Mack worked in Tuscany and became the world's first female war correspondent in German-occupied Belgium. She wrote a bestselling war memoir and donated her royalties to help Belgian war victims before returning to Sydney, where she married an Anzac veteran. Margaret Ogg and Vida Goldstein were ridiculed when they dared to claim that women were intelligent enough to sit in Parliament. Enid Lyons, mother of twelve, became Australia's first Cabinet Minister, but it took another 50 years for Julia Gillard to become Australia's first female Prime Minister. A lawyer by profession, mother and grandmother, Dame Quentin Bryce blazed a trail for women by becoming Australia's first female Governor-General. After leaving office she returned to her home state of Queensland where she now heads a programme designed to combat domestic violence.

To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2014

Travel writer, explorer and novelist. 'Gaunts never give up', the motto of Mary's ancestor, Prince John of Gaunt (1340-1399) was quoted by Mary's father, William Gaunt, to his children. In the 1880s, Mary Gaunt was one of the first women admitted to Melbourne University. Miss Gaunt's desire to study law was denied since male academics believed women incapable of studying 'difficult' subjects. In 1909, Mary, now widowed, led her own expedition into the West African jungle, staying in remote villages to gather information for her book 'Alone in West Africa'. In 1913, in the absence of sealed roads, Mary travelled in a bone-shaking mule cart from Peking to the edge of the Gobi desert and returned to Europe on a Russian troop train. Her amazing experiences in China and Russia produced two more travel books. Mary donated her royalties to the Red Cross to help Belgian refugees. For many years she lived in Italy and, during World War Two, died in France. Prelude: Outwitting Mussolini1. 'Gaunts never give up'2. Encountering prejudice at university3. Finding Doctor Right4. Mary postpones a visit to China5. Africa - the 'Dark Continent'6. Heading a band of naked warriors7. 'Madame, you have the heart of a lion'8. 'Murder Hill' and German Togoland9. Black magic among the Ashanti10. The male dinosaurs of Londons RGS11. Through Tsarist Russia to Peking12. Inside the walls of the Forbidden City13. A political assassination14. The Great Wall of China15. 'Behind every small foot is a jar of tears'16. Chengde and the hunting palace of the Manchu17. The temple of the Three Mountains18. 'Please keep your last bullet for yourself'19. Last days in China20. Exploring the Amur River and Saghalien21. On a troop train through Siberia22. St Petersburg and after23. Captured by Germans24. The Gaunts in wartime25. The final years of a cosmopolitan author

Australian Heroines of World War 1

Australian Heroines of World War 1

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2013

Australian Heroines of World War One tells the story of eight courageous women through diaries, letters, original photos, paintings and specially drawn maps. These women had the courage and strength for which the Anzacs are renowned and the compassion and tenderness that only a woman can bring. Sister Hilda Samsing from Melbourne became a whistleblower when nursing aboard the hospital ship Gascon, outraged by the bungled evacuation of wounded Anzacs. She defied censorship and kept a very frank diary, reproduced here for the first time. In 1914, Louise Creed, a Sydney journalist, was caught in the besieged city of Antwerp and made a hair-raising escape from a German firing squad. Brisbane's Grace Wilson, ordered to establish an emergency hospital on drought ridden Lemnos Island, arrived there to find suffering Anzacs but no drinking water, tents or medical supplies. Grace and her nurses saved the lives of thousands who had been wounded at Lone Pine and the Nek. In France, Florence James-Wallace, Anne Donnell and Elsie Tranter nursed near the front line in Casualty Clearing Stations, treating soldiers with hideous wounds or blinded by mustard gas. In 1918 they had to deal with an epidemic of Spanish flu, killing some nurses. These brave women returned to Australia but their heroism was quickly forgotten. Two of these women received such meagre pensions they died destitute. Publication of this book with its numerous illustrations has been facilitated by a generous donation from Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, keen that these stories become known to Australians of all ages. This is an updated editon with additional information on some of the nurses supplied by their relatives after they read the first edition.

Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread

Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2013

Joice Loch was an extraordinary Australian. She had the inspired courage that saved many hundreds of Jews and Poles in World War II, the compassion that made her a self-trained doctor to tens of thousands of refugees, the incredible grit that took her close to death in several theatres of war, and the dedication to truth and justice that shone forth in her own books and a lifetime of astonishing heroism. This classic Australian autobiography is a tribute to one of Australia's most heroic women, who always spoke with great fondness of Queensland as her birthplace. In 2006 a Loch Memorial Museum was opened in the tower by the sea in Ouranoupolis, a tribute to the Lochs and their humanitarian work.

Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor

Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2013

The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the British monarchy. In the past, young princes reluctantly entered into arranged marriages and took mistresses. Perdita Robinson, a famous actress, was enticed from the stage with promises of money to live with the fickle Prince of Wales, who turned her and her child onto the street. Perdita fought back, won a financial settlement and became a pioneer of women's writing. Edward VII's most fascinating mistresses were aristocrats' wives like the multi-talented unconventional Lady Jennie Churchill, mother of Winston, and the headstrong heiress, Daisy, Countess of Warwick, mother of one of Edward's love children. Beautiful Alice Keppel became the love of Edward's life and was the great-grandmother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, yet another royal mistress. Edward's grandson, Edward VIII suffered an attack of mumps that left him physically and mentally immature. He implored Mrs Freda Dudley Ward to elope but she refused. Another mistress, Lady Thelma Furness, star of Hollywood's silent screen, introduced Edward to the domineering Wallis Simpson who insisted the impotent king seek psychiatric help. In order that Wallis could look like a queen the Duke of Windsor lavished her with jewels and forgave her infidelities in this most intriguing of all royal stories.

Parenting Girls

Parenting Girls

Author: Susanna De Vries Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2000

The advice throughout this handbook is immensely practical. Keep it on the kitchen shelf and consult it as your daughter grows up.' - Dr Cherrill Hirst, Queensland University of Technology and Wesley Breast Cancer Clinic The aim of this very practical handbook is to guide parents and the professionals who work with them in raising happy, well-adjusted girls. Contributors to the book have backgrounds in medicine, teaching and female health, and have firsthand experience of the joys and the problems of bringing up daughters. Parenting Girls first examines issues of infant development, toddler tantrums, sibling rivalry and bullying. It goes on to explore the complexities of teenage development, including anorexia and bulimia, body piercing and tattoos, divorce and single-parenting, the role of sex, the use of drugs and how to cope with teenage pregnancy. In recognising the need for modern parents to be well-informed, Parenting Girls addresses the real challenges of bringing up a daughter in the twenty-first century. Readable and realistic, it is essential reading for parents and for professionals working with families.

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