Book, 'The Life of Christ'; Frederic W. Farrar (1831 - 1903); 1876; XEC.2629.1


Book, 'The Life of Christ'


Frederic W. Farrar (1831 - 1903)

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This book was awarded to Margaret Edith Lush who was the daughter of Reverend Vicesimus Lush, an Anglican minister, who served in the Auckland and Waikato regions. Margaret Edith was awarded this book as a prize for coming first in her theological exam. Inside the book is a Bishop’s prize bookplate which is inscribed with the following passage, ‘Margaret Edith Lush who obtained the First place in the annual Theological Examination of the Diocese of Auckland N.Z. held in January 1876. W. G. Auckland Bp.’

In her diary of 1876 Margaret Edith wrote: ‘Sunday 5 March 1876 – went to early communion, to evening church and twice to school, received from Mr Maunsell my Bps. Prize “Farra’s Life of Christ” a delicious book.’

Tragically, Margaret Edith died from scarlet fever later that year at the age of 16. While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era, this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. In his journal, Margaret Edith’s father wrote openly of his grief as he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his daughter, ‘”The child is not dead but sleepth” This has been the burden of my thought ever since 9 oclock when my dear dear dearest Edith Fell asleep.’ (1) In the Lush family archives held at Ewelme Cottage, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family’s tragic loss. Pasted onto the front flyleaf is a sheet of paper on which her father wrote, ‘Margaret Edith Lush, aged 16, entered into rest, 22 April 1876. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, Matt. V. 8. She pleased God and was beloved of Him and so that living amongst sinners she was translated [and] speedily was she taken away, lest that wickedness should alter her understanding, or deceit beguile her soul. Wisdom: iv, 10-11." A memorium card for Margaret Edith Lush was also kept inside the book.

(1) Vicesimus Lush, 22 April 1876, ‘LUSH Family Papers, MS780-Box3-Folder26, Auckland Museum Library, quoted in Gillian Nelson, ‘”In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength”: Vicesimus Lush and his journals, 1850-1882,’ Master’s thesis Victoria University of Wellington, 2012, p. 31.

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

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20 x 14 x 3cm

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Melbourne, Australia


George Robertson (estab. 1852)

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Melbourne, Australia

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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