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The Birdman's Wife

My love of birds was fostered back in Primary School and I remember our class joining 'the Gould League of Bird Lovers'.  We all got a certificate like this one, I have no idea what happened to mine but I do remember collecting the cards that were handed out.

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Source: http://rosiereunion.com/08/23/david-kells-the-gould-league-of-bird-lovers-click-to-view/

There was a copy of "The Birds of Australia" in the school library and we could only look at it under supervision.  I spent hours looking at those images.  Fast forward 50 years and I now find that Mr John Gould wrote that book but it was Mrs Elizabeth Gould who did all those wonderful illustrations.  It always amazes me that women are somehow invisible in our history even when they have made outstanding contributions.  ( It has been said that Einstein's first wife did as much work on the theory of relativity as he did but got no recognition.)

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And Elizabeth Gould was no ordinary woman.  This book opens the window on the life of an amazing woman.  Her accomplishments are at least as great as her husband's, if not greater.  This book by Melissa Ashley is well worth reading and when I look at the work of other 'famous men'  I think I would also like to find out about their wives as well and recognition of their contribution to the men's work should be noted. (Now I will get off my soap box!)

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https://blog.booktopia.com.au/2016/10/07/melissa-ashley-birdmans-wife-little-window-discovery-australias-wonderful-birds/

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RachelandDesign

Painting was a "ladylike accomplishment" that could also become a profession. Many an arcaeologist of the time owes the illustration of his publications to the artistic talents of his wife.

And only some of them, in any field, had the grace to admit the fact...

Carolyn Foley


Yes, more of the invisible female.

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