Women On Adventure is a blog by K.L. Webber exploring our rich shared history of women's adventure writing. This curated collection of quotations showcases the opinions and experiences of influential female travellers in their own words.

WOA Image: "The love of adventure must be contagious."

WOA Image: "The love of adventure must be contagious."

It was in the beginning of April, 185-, that the excitement occasioned by the published accounts of the Victoria "Diggings," induced my brother to fling aside his Homer and Euclid for the various "Guides" printed for the benefit of the intending gold-seeker, or to ponder over the shipping columns of the daily papers. The love of adventure must be contagious, for three weeks after (so rapid were our preparations) found myself accompanying him to those auriferous regions.


Ellen Clacy

London, United Kingdom, 1852


Source: Ellen Clacy, A Lady’s Visit to the Gold Diggings in 1852-3, London: Hurst & Blackett, 1853

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