[ book ] Outback Governesses

October 20, 2017

Outback Governesses
Paula Heelan
Rating: 3.5 / 5 


Educating children in remote areas is something we know little about. We have heard of the School of the Air, but how do kids on outback stations get an education?


This book explores the stories of 14 different governesses who choose to work on isolated properties teaching children. Their backgrounds range from school leavers to tourists with teaching qualifications to mothers acting as teachers. They share a passion for helping children combat isolation and giving them a rounded education.


We learn about the mini-schools where children and governesses from the outback congregate for a week of professional development for the governesses, and sport carnivals and getting together with other outback children for the students.


This is a warm and engaging book that will fill in the gaps about how outback children get a different but thorough education.

Tags: Salvation Army Australia

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