Book, 'Extrait Choisis or Selections From Modern French Writers'; Elizabeth Sewe...
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This book was given to Blanche Lush from her Aunt Anne on 1 June 1859. Blanche, known as Blannie to her family, was highly educated, not only in the expected female norms for the Victorian era, but also in “book learning” as well. Therefore, this book would have aided Blannie in her studies of French literature. Later, this book was given to Blannie's niece, Ellen Lush, in April 1923.
‘Extraits Choisis or Selection from Modern French Writers’ was written by the English author, Elizabeth Sewell, who wrote a number of religious and educational books for children during the 19th century. Sewell was also an advocate for the education of middle-class girls and established St. Boniface School in Ventnor, England, in 1866.
During the 19th century, educating girls was seen by many parents to be fruitless. This was because women were expected to marry, have children and run a household, all of which did not need formal education. (1) However, Blannie’s parents, Vicesimus and Blanche Lush, stressed the importance of education and endeavoured to educate all of their children, including their four daughters. In 1851, Blannie’s father established a school at the All Saints Church in Howick, Auckland, where he served as the Anglican minister. In his journals, Vicesimus states that the school role consisted of 12 boys and 15 girls, which included his daughters, Blannie and Charlotte. Blannie was taught mainly by her father, but also attended Miss Hill's private school for girls in 1853. (2) As part of her lessons, Blannie's father would often take her to cultural places such as the opera or theatre. One excursion to the Auckland Museum on 22 July 1856 was described in her father's journal: "...we met Blannie's friend Mary Abraham, and I took the two young friends to the Museum, at which they were delighted. There is really a very creditable collection of shells, birds, reptiles, stones and curiosities..." (3). When she got older, Blannie was required to teach her younger brothers and sisters before they were old enough to attend school.
(1) Anne Else, ‘Gender inequalities – Education,’ Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, www.teara.govt.nz/en/gender-inequalities/page-5.
(2) Alison Drummond (ed.), 'The Auckland Journals of Vicesimus Lush 1850-63,' 1971, p. 143.
(3) Ibid, p. 181.
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18 x 13 x 2cmDate Made
Longmans, Green and Co. (estab. 1724)Publication Date
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