In 1874 a woman established an enterprise high on the eastern slopes of Mount Alexander in Central Victoria. Its purpose was to grow thousands of mulberry trees, to feed silkworms, produce silk, and train women in the silk industry. This is a must read account of the efforts of one woman to establish a silk industry in Australia. It moves from Corowa on the Murray River, to King’s Domain in Melbourne and Mount Alexander in Central Victoria. It includes Switzerland, France, Portugal, Italy and Great Britain. It tells of the passionate resolve of widow, Sarah Florentia Bladen Neill, who had the vision for her country and the courage to fight for it. By Ian Braybrook & Marilyn Bennet.