Book, 'Tales of Chivalry and Romance'; David Murray Smith; 1873; XHH.3218.10

From

Highwic

Name/Title

Book, 'Tales of Chivalry and Romance'

Maker

David Murray Smith

Maker Role

Author

About this object

This book was awarded to eleven-year-old Florence Buckland as a Sunday school lesson prize from St Marks Church in Remuera, Auckland, during December 1883. This children’s book retells the stories of ‘The Tempest,’ ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ ‘The Canterbury Tales,’ ‘Froissart’ and the ‘Morete d’Arthur’ in a form suitable for young people of the time.

During the 19th century, books like this one, were an important part of Victorian life during an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Books were a vital source of entertainment and provided hours of enjoyment. They were also important educational resources, especially for young girls who may have not had the opportunity to attend school. Little is known about Florence’s schooling other than that her family employed a governess for a short time and she attended Remuera Public School. (1) From 1883 to 1887 Florence attended Sunday school lessons at St Marks Anglican Church in Remuera, where her family went to service every Sunday.

Florence was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. She was one of twenty-one children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers. It is apparent that Florence was quite a prolific reader as can be seen by the amount of books she kept in her bedroom at Highwic, the Buckland family home. Some of these books were Sunday school prizes, others were acquired in the year of her marriage to Alfred Seccombe in 1896, and many were gifts from her sisters.

(1) New Zealand Historic Places Trust, ‘Highwic 1862,’ 2009, p. 15; Auckland Star, ‘Remuera Public School,’ 30 December 1891, p. 6.

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

Medium and Materials

Paper

Measurements

18.3 x 12 x 2.1cm

Date Made

1873

Place Made

London, England

Publisher

Strahan & Co.

Publication Date

1873

Publication Place

London, England

Subject and Association Description

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Subject and Association Keywords

Girlhood

Object Type

Book

Object number

XHH.3218.10

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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