Book, 'The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'; Henry Wadsworth Longfe...




Book, 'The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (b.1807, d.1882)

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Morrison & Gibson Ltd.

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About this object

This book was given to 16-year-old Ruth Buckland by her mother who wrote the following passage inside the book: “Ruth Buckland with Mother’s love July 10th 1896.”

Ruth was born in 1880 and was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. Ruth was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers. She attended Mrs Young’s School for Girls on Symonds Street in Lower Glenside and was an excellent student gaining 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 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:

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

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18.3 x 12 x 3.6cm

Date Made

c. 1886

Place Made

London, England


Routledge (estab. 1836)

Publication Date

c. 1886

Publication Place

London, England

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Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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