Book, 'Holy Bible'; Not dated; XHH.3359




Book, 'Holy Bible'

About this object

This edition of the Holy Bible was given to Ruth Buckland by her mother on 10 July 1891, when Ruth was eleven years old.

Ruth was born in 1880 and was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. She was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers.

The Buckland family were practicing Anglicans and attended Sunday service at St Mark’s Church in Remuera. Therefore, it is likely that Ruth took this Bible with her to Church every week where she would have attended Sunday School lessons as well as the main service.

As a young girl, Ruth attended Mrs Young’s School for Girls on Symonds Street in Lower Glenside. It seems that Ruth was an excellent student as she was awarded a number of prizes in subjects such as mathematics, classics, French, and ‘routine work’. In 1898, Ruth successfully passed the entrance examination of the New Zealand University. (1) In 1900, 805 students were enrolled in the numerous colleges of the New Zealand University and 305 of these were women. (2) However, despite her academic aptitude, Ruth was unable to embark upon a career as women of this era were expected to dedicate to themselves to the role of wife and mother. On 27 October 1920, Ruth married Arthur Waller and they had two children, Alison and Malcolm.

(1) ‘Distribution of School Prizes,’ Auckland Star, 17 December 1892, p. 2; ‘Distribution of Prizes,’ New Zealand Herald, 21 December 1896, p. 3; ‘Personal items,’ New Zealand Herald, 2 February 1898, p. 6
(2) Kerryn Pollock, ‘Tertiary education – Universities before 1990,’ Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, URL:

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, cardboard and linen


14.5 x 10.5 x 4.9cm

Date Made

Not dated


John Walker & Co. Ltd.

Publication Date

Not dated

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Credit Line

Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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