Book, 'Margaret Percival'; Elizabeth Sewell (1815-1906); 1847; XEC.2611.2


Book, 'Margaret Percival'


3rd edition


Elizabeth Sewell (1815-1906)

Maker Role



William Sewell (1804-1874)

Maker Role


About this object

This book was given to Blanche Hawkins Lush from her godmother and aunt, Anne Lush on 1 June 1855. 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.

‘Margaret Percival’ was written by Elizabeth Sewell, an English author who wrote a number of religious and educational books for children during the 19th century. Thus, this book, which advances strong Christian themes, would have been considered appropriate for Blanche to read as she was the daughter of the Anglican minister, Vicesimus Lush.

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 the minister in charge ofthe 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. (2) She also assisted her father in his work and provided him with the (informal and unpaid) support of a ‘good and efficient “Deconess.”’ (3) In her later years, she nursed her invalid 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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16 x 11 x 3cm

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Place Made

London, England


Longmans, Green and Co. (estab. 1724)

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Publication Place

London, England

Number in Series

Volume II

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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