Book, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'; Lewis Carroll (b.1832, d.1898); 1881; ...




Book, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'


Lewis Carroll (b.1832, d.1898)

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John Tenniel

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About this object

This edition of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ belonged to Phoebe Buckland. Phoebe obviously enjoyed Carroll’s fantasy stories about Alice’s adventures as she also owned the sequel to this story, ‘Through the Looking Glass.’ Books were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers or radio. Books were a vital source of entertainment and this fantasy story would have provided Phoebe with hours of enjoyment.

Phoebe was born in 1871 and was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. As there are few surviving letters, diaries or other documents about the Buckland family, little is known about the lives of the Buckland women and children. It is not known exactly where Phoebe was educated, but it is likely that she attended Remuera Public School. As the daughter of one of Auckland’s wealthiest businessmen, Phoebe attended a number of social events for the Auckland elite. This included balls at the Northern Club as well as events held by the Pakuranga Hunt Club, New Zealand’s oldest hunting club.

Phoebe never married and devoted herself to the care of Highwic, the Buckland family home. In her later years, she kept a number of pets including parrots and a large fierce dog named Dobson (shortened to Dobbie). She was described as a “fun person” and good company by those who knew her. (1)

(1) Jan Harris, ‘Sweet Villa Highwic,’ 1996, p. 67.

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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18.1 x 12.8 x 1.7cm

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London, England


Macmillan (estab. 1843)

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London, England

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Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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