Settler Women’s Hidden Lives
Marriage was a gamble for Victorian women, a decision based upon intuition and promises. And it was for keeps, no matter what a husband’s life choices might bring–including immigration and isolation.  Relatively few women settlers left an account of their lives, but a chronicle of their circumstances speaks volumes.

Charlotte Gower was in her late teens when she married William Galley. He was a mason, a solid profession in mid-19th century Britain, but he wanted more from life so they set off for Canada. They had a toddler and a second child was born as the deep […]