Book, 'Chollerton: A Tale of Our Own Times'; Cecilia Tilley; 1846; XEC.2700


Book, 'Chollerton: A Tale of Our Own Times'


Cecilia Tilley

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About this object

This book was given to Blanche Lush from her father, Vicesimus, on 20 June 1856. ‘Chollerton: A Tale of Our Own Times’ was by written by Cecilia Tilley in 1846 under the pseudonym “By a Lady.” 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. ‘Chollerton’ advances strong Christian themes, therefore this book would have been considered appropriate for Blanche to read as her father was an Anglican minister.

Blanche, known as Blannie to her family, was born in England in 1843. She moved to New Zealand with her family in 1850 when her father was appointed minister in charge of the All Saints Church in Howick, Auckland. Blannie received a very thorough education, and was taught largely by her father but also attended Miss Hill's private school for girls in Auckland in 1853. (1).

As the daughter of an Anglican minister, the Church and parish activities played an important part of Blannie’s life. In 1878, Blannie travelled to Norfolk Island to serve with the Melanesian Mission for a period of time. (1) She also assisted her father in his work and provided him with the (informal and unpaid) support of a ‘good and efficient “Deconess.”’ (2) In her later years, Blannie nursed her invalid mother devotedly, and died at Ewelme Cottage on 8 December 1922.

(1) Thames Advertiser, “Untitled,” 4 April 1878, p. 2.
(2) 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. 30; Alison Drummond (ed.), 'The Thames Journals of Vicesimus Lush 1868-82,' 1975, pp. 152-3.

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 10 x 3cm

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London, England


John Ollivier

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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