Dictating Morality: the exclusion of Mrs Mabel Freer

Why was a British woman given a dictation test in Italian on her arrival in Australia in 1936? We might never know the answer.

On October 20, 1936, Mrs Mabel Freer, a young and attractive divorcée travelling from Bombay on a British passport, docked in Fremantle. However, before she could disembark, officials from the Australian Department of Immigration came on board and…

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Pauline Montagna

Pauline Montagna

Writer and Self-Publisher. Author of The Slave, Suburban Terrors and Not Wisely but Too Well. You’ll find my books on Smashwords and me on Facebook and Twitter.