Book, 'In New Granada'; W. H. G. Kingston; 1896; XHH.3499.1




Book, 'In New Granada'


W. H. G. Kingston

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About this object

This book was awarded to seventeen-year-old Ruth Buckland as a school prize. A label located on the inside cover reads: “Lower Glenside School, Auckland, Prize awarded to Ruth Buckland for first place in first division French Class, E. Young, Principal, December 16th 1897.” In New Granada was written by William H. G. Kingston in order to draw attention to the religious and social plight of those who lived in Venezuela and New Granada during the late 19th century.

It seems that Ruth was an excellent student at school as she was gained a number of awards in subjects such as mathematics, classics, French, and ‘routine work.’ In 1898, Ruth successfully passed the matriculation examination and gained entrance to the New Zealand University. (1) In 1900, 805 students were enrolled in the numerous colleges of 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) ‘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:

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19 x 13.6 x 3.6cm

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London, England


Thomas Nelson and Sons (estab. 1798)

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London, England

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Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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