Book, 'Heroes of the Indian Empire'; Ernest Foster; 1888; XHH.3478




Book, 'Heroes of the Indian Empire'




Ernest Foster

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About this object

This book was awarded to sixteen-year-old Maud Buckland as a school prize. On the front cover there is a handwritten inscription which reads: “First Class. First Division. Second prize for highest marks in year’s work in English awarded to Maud Buckland. Lower Glenside. 18th December 1890.”

Maud was born in 1874 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.

During her younger years, Maud was an excellent horse rider and belonged to the Pakuranga Hunt Club with other members of Auckland’s social elite. (1) She was also a very talented musician and in 1890 was a recipient of the Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s scholarship to attend the New Zealand University College School of Music in Auckland. (2) Because Maud came from a wealthy family, she received a higher education than most other girls of her era. During the 19th century, educating girls was seen by many parents a fruitless. This was because women were expected to marry, have children, and run a household, all of which did not need formal education. (3) Interestingly, however, Maud never married and spent her later years maintaining Highwic, the Buckland family home.

(1) ‘Point to Point Steeplechase,‘ Auckland Star, 18 October 1897, p. 2
(2) ‘Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s Musical Exhibitions,’ New Zealand Herald, 27 March 1890, p. 5.
(3) Anne Else, ‘Gender Inequalities – Education,’ 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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18.9 x 13.3 x 3.3cm

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London, England


Cassell & Co. (estab. 1847)

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London, England

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Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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