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Susanna de Vries is the author (or co-author) of 17 books, most of which have been published in several edition. 14 of these books are still in print and most are available from leading bookshops:

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AUSTRALIAN HEROINES OF WORLD WAR ONE

These are the real life stories of eight courageous women told through their letters, secret diaries, maps and original photographs; Australia’s first women war correspondent and her daring escape from the Germans and seven army nurses from every Australian State including Queensland's Grace Wilson. This young attractive matron whose nursing staff were devoted to her was ordered to set up a hospital for Gallipoli casualties on Lemnos Island. When Grace and her nurses arrived on the island they found that a War Office blunder had sent all medical supplies, tents and bedding to Egypt. There were no sanitary arrangements and very little drinking water but Grace was an inspiring leader and the 'hospital from hell' only lost 2% of its patients. These women had the courage of the Anzacs they nursed and the compassion that women bring to war. Fascinating war diaries published are of nurses Hilda Samsing and Muriel Wakeford serving on a hospital ship between Anzac Cove and Alexandria who reveal the truth about the bungled evacuation of the wounded from Gallipoli with an introduction by Major General John Pearn of the Australian Army Medical Reserve. 

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ROYAL MISTRESSES OF THE HOUSE OF HANOVER-WINDSOR
The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the monarchy. All these arranged loveless marriages between Princes of the House of Hanover-Windsor and German princesses or aristocrats ensured vacancies for royal mistresses.

In the past princes were made to marry for dynastic reasons or for money. Loveless royal marriages ensured princes and kings took mistresses.

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TRAILBLAZERS
Caroline Chisholm to Quentin Bryce

The lives of extraordinary Australian women, who have been pioneers and inspiring role models of their time.

 

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FEMALES ON THE FATAL SHORE
Fettered and Free

This is the story of the lives of 14 significant women who sailed to the Australian colonies in its founding years.

The first to arrive was Esther Abrahams, a 16-year-old Jewish girl transported for shoplifting two cards of lace. Esther and other female convicts landed on ‘the fatal shore’ in a storm and she and many other female convicts were set upon by sex-starved men who had been awaiting their arrival for two weeks.
 

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DESERT QUEEN
The Many Lives and Loves of Daisy Bates



Before World War Two  the story of ‘saintly’ Daisy Bates, CBE, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat from Tipperary was part of the curriculum in every Australian school. Children learned that Mrs Bates, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat  pioneered the study of Aboriginal customs and legends and fed, clothed and nursed elderly Aborigines out of her own money. Daisy Bates was Australia’s ‘Florence Nightingale’ awarded a CBE by Buckingham Palace.   At long last the real story of Daisy Bates, her traumatic childhood at Roscrea and her three marriages (two bigamous) has been told. This biography presents Daisy as a fascinating, complex and nuanced woman.
 

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CONRAD MARTENS
On the Beagle and in Australia



Conrad Martens became Australia's first professional artist, and an Antipodean version of Turner, the painter who inspired him. Although Martens has become one of the best-loved Australian artists, somewhat surprisingly his life and his major works have never been fully documented.

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ETHEL CARRICK FOX
Travels and Triumphs of a Post-Impressionist

In 1996 Ethel Carrick Fox became Australia's highest-priced woman artist when her painting of a French flower market sold at auction for $105,500. She had been ignored for decades - some of her unsigned works had been attributed to her more famous husband, Emanuel Phillips Fox, by unscrupulous art dealers who also accused her of forging her husband's name on her works in order to sell them at a higher price.
 

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GREAT AUSTRALIAN WOMEN
From Federation to Freedom


Great Australian Women
presents twenty courageous women who broke down the barriers of prejudice to enter the professions - law, medicine, politics and architecture - or made their names as musicians, writers and sportswomen. From Federation to the present century, from Frances 'Fanny' Durack, the first female swimmer to win Olympic gold in 1912, Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister, to Roma Mitchell, appointed as Australia's first female judge of the Supreme Court in 1965 and as our first female State Governor in 1991, here are twenty outstanding Australians who succeeded against all the odds. Their stories will make you laugh, weep and wonder at their bravery and determination.
 

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GREAT AUSTRALIAN WOMEN Vol 2
From pioneering days to the present

The achievements of Australian women have long been overshadowed by the deeds of Australian men. Susanna de Vries remedied this with her outstanding book Great Australian Women. Now, in this second volume, more Australian women are celebrated for their hard work, intelligence, talent, dedication and compassion.
 

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GREAT AUSTRALIAN WOMEN

Thirty-six women who changed the course of Australia

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 in this book she details the life stories of thirty-six courageous Australian women who broke down the barriers of prejudice.
 

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HEROIC AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN WAR
Astonishing tales of bravery from Gallipoli to Kokoda

Nancy Wake remarked: 'The exploits of Australia's women at war have been sadly neglected for years.’ Yet women have suffered, strengthened and defied fear in extraordinary acts of bravery.
 

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GREAT PIONEER WOMEN OF THE OUTBACK
Facing hardship, danger and deprivation


From the 1800s to the onset of World War I, pioneers making their homes in outback Australia where joined by their wives, many of whom had no idea of the difficulties and dangers ahead.
 

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HISTORIC BRISBANE
Convict Settlement to River City

Susanna de Vries, award-winning author, and Jake de Vries, former City Architect of Brisbane, have pooled their talents to compile a joint book on the building of Brisbane, which transports us back to the first years of Brisbane's bleak existence.
 

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BLUE RIBBONS, BITTER BREAD
The life of Joice NanKivell Loch — Australia’s most heroic woman

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.
 

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THE IMPRESSIONISTS REVEALED
Masterpieces from Private Collections

Many of the great works of Impressionism are housed in private collections and are rarely or never seen by the public. Thanks to the generous cooperation of their owners, this book presents in colour 92 of these masterpieces, many of which have never before been reproduced in an art book although some have been in sale catalogues and consequently have had only limited exposure.
 

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TO HELL AND BACK
GALLIPOLI — An eye-witness account
The remarkable life of Sydney Loch

Sydney Loch migrated to Victoria from Scotland and became a sheep farmer in Gippsland before enlisting with the 2nd Battalion and training with the Anzacs in Egypt.
 

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