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Pat Richardson, ne Avenell, the niece of Edith Florence Queenie Avenell, is a life member of the Nambucca Valley Arts Council, an enthusiastic member of U3A, an addicted Bridge player, a member of Combined Probus and other local organisations as well as a long-time member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Membership Secretary of the International Alliance of Women. She has received two Australia Day Awards from the Nambucca Shire for her community work with the Arts, a Commonwealth Centenary of Federation medal and an Edna Award by the WEL for her contribution to the women’s movement. This book is the culmination of many of her interests, the status of women being one of the main ones. Ms Richardson has written three other books, Belle the Bushie, Belle on a Broomstick and No Medals for Mothers.
Anne Skinner is a freelance writer, editor, researcher and military historian with a passion for telling the stories of the men and women who served in the First World War. A former newspaper editor, she worked in the print media industry for more than 20 years before leaving to focus on writing and research, and lists good company, good books and travel as her top three favourite things in life. Ms Skinner lives in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Kalgoorlie, the Kalgoorlie RSL and the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society. She is currently researching a book on the contribution of the WA goldfields to the First World War and is also compiling a website detailing the war service of men from Gympie, in south-east Queensland.