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Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.277
Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.277Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'; P. G. Patmore; 1854; XCH.277
Name/Title
Book, 'My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits, and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two'
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Author
About this object
The full title of this book reads ‘My Friends and Acquaintances: Being Memorials, Mind-Portraits and Personal Recollections of Deceased Celebrities of the Nineteenth Century: Volume Two’. It originally belonged to James Reddy Clendon, and then his wife Jane Takotowi Clendon (nee Cochrane). These volumes were filled with gossip and personal information about well-known people of the time.

Jane was born in 1838 and was the daughter of Dennis Browne Cochrane and his wife Takotowi Te Whata. She married Captain James Reddy Clendon on 9 January 1856 in Rahu-Rahu in the Hokianga region when she was only 18 years old (she was 40 years younger than her husband). In October 1872, Jane’s husband died, leaving her with eight young children, the eldest not quite 16 years and the youngest only 17 months old. She also inherited a crippling load of debt from her husband. Before the 20th century, there was no government support for families in financial difficulties, so Jane was forced to pay her debts and provide for her eight children by undertaking small endeavours such as selling firewood, bark, and home produce. By 1881 Jane had paid her debt, managing to save her house and educate her children.

For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials
Paper, cardboard and cloth
Measurements
20.2 x 13.5 x 2cm
Date Made
1854
Publisher
Saunders & Otley
Publication Date
1854
Number in Series
Volume Two
Subject and Association Keywords
Girlhood
Credit Line
Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Book
Object number
XCH.277

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Celebrity gossip
James Reddy Clendon
Jane Takotowi Clendon (nee Cochrane)
Motherhood
Victorian literature
Widowhood


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