Adjustable Marriages: Relationships, Divorce and Bigamy on the Goldfields
Canterbury Museum Friends Talk
The goldfields of Australia and New Zealand provided a chance for people to reinvent themselves, an opportunity that many women used to escape undesirable legal and social restrictions.
In this talk, Julia Bradshaw, Senior Curator Human History, will explore how women navigated laws and customs that didn’t suit them, with examples of the fluid definition of marriage some women had and the use of aliases to escape an unhelpful past.
This will lead on to a discussion of the difficulties in obtaining a divorce during colonial times and what these highly public court cases can tell us about women’s lives. The talk will finish with some wonderful stories of bigamous marriages.
Places at this talk are limited so please register below if you are keen to attend.
Hosted by the Friends of Canterbury Museum.