Book, 'Nelly Nowlan and Other Stories'; Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881); 1872; XEC.3...


Book, 'Nelly Nowlan and Other Stories'


Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881)

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About this object

This book was given to Anne Lush by her parents for her sixteenth birthday. It is inscribed: “To Anne Lush, on her birthday, 15 September 1873, from her affection parents, Vicesimus Lush, Blanche Lush.” The book tells the story of a young Irish girl named Nelly Nowlan who moves to England to become a house servant.

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Books were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons in morality and correct behaviour.

Anne’s father, Vicesimus, was an Anglican minister who served in the Auckland and Waikato regions. Due to her father's calling, Anne's youth was mostly centred around the Anglican church and parish activities. When she was 18 years old, Anne 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. Anne went on to devote herself to the Church and helping people, becoming a Sunday school teacher and volunteering for the Melanesia Mission during which she helped build a church on Norfolk Island. (1) On 8 April 1885, Anne 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, both of whom sadly died while serving in the First World War. (2)

(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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17 x 12 x 2cm

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Place Made

London, England


Thomas Nelson and Sons (estab. 1798)

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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Nelly Nowlan's Experience


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