Book, 'History of the British Empire'; William Francis Collier; Not dated; XHH.3...




Book, 'History of the British Empire'


William Francis Collier

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About this object

This book belonged to Florence Buckland who wrote her name “Florrie Buckland” on the front page. This book, which discusses the history of the British Empire, was written by William Francis Collier specifically for young readers.

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)

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 from St. Marks Church in Remuera, 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



17.9 x 11.7 x 2.2cm

Date Made

Not dated

Place Made

London, England


Thomas Nelson

Publication Date

Not dated

Publication Place

London, England

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Credit Line

Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Highwic   Highwic

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