Painting, Untitled [Faringdon Church]; Anne Ruddock (nee Lush); 1878; XEC.56


Painting, Untitled [Faringdon Church]

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This sepia-toned watercolour painting pictures Faringdon Church in Oxfordshire, England, and was painted by Annette Lush for her father’s birthday on 27 August 1878.

Vicesimus Lush was appointed Curate of Faringdon in 1843 but later moved to New Zealand with his family in 1850 when he was appointed minister in charge of All Saints church in Howick, Auckland.

Annette was born in 1857 in Auckland and had not visited England so it is likely that she painted this picture from a photograph. (1) Due to her father's calling as an Anglican priest, Annette's youth would have centred around the Anglican church and parish activities. When she was 18 years old, Annette received the highest marks in the Board of Theological Studies examination, a feat which she took great pride in for the rest of her life. Annette went on to devote herself to the Church and helping people, becoming a Sunday school teacher and volunteering for the Melanesia Mission 1880, during which she helped build a church on Norfolk Island. (2) On 8 April 1885, Annette married the Anglican priest, David Ruddock, who held various charges in Australia and England until 1903 when he was appointed the vicar of Wairoa in the Hawke's Bay. Annette and David had four daughters and two sons, both of whom sadly died while serving in the First World War. Annette passed away in 1937 at the age of 80 years. (3)

(1) Gillian Nelson, ‘”In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:” Vicesimus Lush and his Journals, 1850-1882, Master’s thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2012, p. 22.
(2) New Zealand Herald, "The New Church at Norfolk Island, 17 November 1880, p. 5.
(3) Waiapu Church Gazette, "Obituary," 1 July 1937, p. 1.

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.


Anne Ruddock (nee Lush)

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Paper, watercolour, wood.

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Auckland, New Zealand


23 x 30.7cm

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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