Book, 'Aunt Sally's Life'; Mrs A. Gatty [Julia Horatia Ewing] (1841-1885); 1865;...


Book, 'Aunt Sally's Life'


Mrs A. Gatty [Julia Horatia Ewing] (1841-1885)

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About this object

This book was given to Annette Lush from Mrs Hamilton as a Christmas gift in 1866. The book tells the life story of a doll who eventually ends up being part of a game in a fair.

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Books were a vital source of entertainment and provided hours of enjoyment.

Annette was born in 1857 and was the daughter of the Anglican minister Vicesimus Lush and his wife Blanche. She was very well educated and was known for her love of reading. Annette was a Sunday school teacher and also volunteered for the Melanesian Mission during which she helped build a church on Norfolk Island. (1) On 8 April 1885, she married the Anglican minister, 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, who sadly died while serving in the First World War. (2)

It seems as if Annette wanted to pass on her love of reading to her children as she gifted this book to her daughter Mary for her enjoyment.

(1) New Zealand Herald, "The New Church at Norfolk Island," 17 November 1880, p. 5.
(2) 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.

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18 x 13 x 1cm

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London, England


Bell and Daldy (estab. 1839, closed 1989)

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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