Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $50.74

Buy Now for $50.74

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Editorial Reviews

Susanna De Vries profiles 18 remarkable women who changed and influenced Australian culture and history. By presenting these well-researched biographies, De Vries showcases how these women broke down barriers related to gender, inspiring countless others in their wake. Among the women included in this collection are Enid Lyons, the first female cabinet minister; suffragette Louisa Lawson; and Olympic Gold medalist Fanny Durack. In describing these pioneers, Jane Clifton has an understandable tone of awe and reverence, but also has a resoluteness that underscores the strength these women showed in staking their claim as leading figures in Australian lore.

Publisher's Summary

The achievements of Australian women have long been overshadowed by the deeds of Australian men. Susanna de Vries has remedied this with her outstanding research, and this audio book details the life stories of 18 courageous Australian women who broke down the barriers of prejudice. From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning; Eileen Joyce, world famous pianist; Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister, these are women who have affected the lives of thousands through their achievements. Great Australian Women tells the story of women who changed the course of Australian history.
©2001, 2002, 2003 Susanna De Vries (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Reminiscent of the social history of Patsy Adam-Smith." (Good Reading)

What listeners say about Great Australian Women

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Certainly some amazing women in years gone past

This book was certainly worth writing about the lives of some wonderful women achieving amazing things in times that weren’t easy for females. I have recommended it to my daughter so the young ones are made aware of the achievements of these women. Full credit to Susanna de Vries for writing it so we can all learn from it.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Unsung heroines

Love this. So many amazing Australian women that we don't hear about. The narration can be a bit monotone at times

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Couldn't get past chapter 1

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it was narrated by someone else.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was so irritating. It was like she was being assessed on how aticulate she was. Every letter and sound were so pronounced it became so distracting.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great title!

Any additional comments?

I tried but couldn't take listening to her voice any longer, a pity really, as I was quite interested in this book.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.