Book, 'Passing Thoughts on Religion'; Elizabeth Sewell (1815-1906); 1862; XEC.26...


Book, 'Passing Thoughts on Religion'


7th edition


Elizabeth Sewell (1815-1906)

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About this object

This book was given to Mary Ruddock by her aunt, Blanche Lush on 21 March 1914. It was accompanied by a letter which read: “My dearest Mary, Will you accept this little book – with my love? It is a book I have always liked & read often. I have found it very helpful & I hope you may find it the same. It was a gift of a dear friend – now gone to her rest … with my love – from you affecate [sic] Aunt Blanche H. Lush.”

'Passing Thoughts on Religion' was written by Elizabeth Missing Sewell, an English author who wrote a number of religious and educational texts for children during the 19th century. Sewell was an advocate for the education of middle-class girls and opened St. Boniface School in Ventor, England, in 1866.

Blanche, also known as Blannie, 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. As the daughter of an Anglican minister, the Church and parish activities played a central 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 mother devotedly and died at Ewelme Cottage on 9 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.

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 12 x 3cm

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London, England


Longmans, Green and Co. (estab. 1724)

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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