Hughes, Liston & Wright (eds.) Playing Their Part: Vice-Regal Consorts of New South Wales 1788-2019


Soft cover, 264 pages, over 70 illustrations (some colour), portraits, 26 x 21.5 cm; extensive reference notes and index. Published by the Royal Australian Historical Society, 2020. Printed in Australia by PLT Publishing. ISBN 978-0-646-81120-8

The consort is the companion to the governor, a position usually filled by the governor’s wife (or more recently the governor’s husband), daughter or sister. This is not an official role and it comes with no job description, nor salary. Young or old, with or without children, noble or commoner, all consorts found themselves supporting spouse and family, sovereign, empire or nation. These brief biographies will add to our understanding of the changing roles filled by these women (and one man) over more than two hundred years.


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