Book, 'The Young Pilgrim'; 'A Lady of England' - Miss Caroline Tucker; 1865; XEC...


Book, 'The Young Pilgrim'


'A Lady of England' - Miss Caroline Tucker

Maker Role


About this object

This book was given to Margaret Edith Lush by her Aunt and Godmother in June 1871.

Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons in Christian morality and correct behaviour. ‘The Young Pilgrim’ advances strong Christian themes, therefore this book would have been considered appropriate for Margaret Edith to read as her father was an Anglican minister.

Tragically, Margaret Edith died from scarlet fever on 22 April 1876 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 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, including photographs of her gravestone, memorium cards, and inscriptions in books. This book was later passed on to Margaret Edith’s niece, Annie Ruddock, for her birthday in June 1911.

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

Medium and Materials



18 x 12 x 3cm

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Place Made

London, England


Thomas Nelson and Sons (estab. 1798)

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Publication Place

London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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