Book, 'Little Downy, or the History of a Field Mouse'; Catherine Strickland Trai...


Book, 'Little Downy, or the History of a Field Mouse'


Catherine Strickland Traill (1802-1899)

Maker Role



Susanna Moodie (1803-1885)

Maker Role


About this object

This book belonged to Charlotte Sarah Lush and was given to her by her cousin Caroline in 1852. 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.

Charlotte was born in England during 1844 and was the daughter of the Anglican priest, Vicesimus Lush and his wife Blanche. She moved to Auckland with her family in 1850 when her father was appointed the minister in charge of the All Saints Church in Howick, Auckland. Tragically, Charlotte died from scarlet fever in 1854 aged 10 years. Her younger sister, Mary Eliza, and her younger brother, Alfred, also died from Scarlet Fever within a ten-day period. While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era, this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. In the Lush family archives held at Ewelme Cottage, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family tragic loss.

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

Medium and Materials



18 x 12 x 1cm

Date Made

c. 1822

Place Made

London, England


Dean & Munday

Publication Date

c. 1822

Publication Place

London, England

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Credit Line

Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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