Book, 'The Poetical Works of William Cowper Esq. and Memoir of the Author'; Will...


Book, 'The Poetical Works of William Cowper Esq. and Memoir of the Author'


William Cowper (1731-1800)

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G. Standfast

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About this object

This book was given to Blanche Lush by her friend Sarah, who wrote on the second page: “Presented to Blanch [sic], by her friend Sarah Clark of Faringdon, as a tribute of affectionate regard and leave – taking on her departure for New Zealand with her valued Parents. May 1850.”

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 role in 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 she 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; 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.

Medium and Materials

Paper and leather


17 x 11 x 4cm

Place Made

London, England


Charles Daly

Publication Place

London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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