Book, 'A History of England From the First Invasion by the Romans to the end of ...


Book, 'A History of England From the First Invasion by the Romans to the end of the Reign of George the Fourth'


Sixth edition


Mrs Markham (1780-1837)

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About this object

This book was given to Anne Lush, known as Annette to her family, from her aunt and godmother, who was also named Anne Lush.

Books, like this one, 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 provided hours of enjoyment. They were also an important educational resource, especially for young girls who may not have had the opportunity to receive an education beyond primary school.

During the 19th century, educating girls was seen by many parents to be fruitless. This was because women were expected to marry, have children and run a household, all of which did not need formal education. (1) However Annette’s parents, Vicesimus and Blanche Lush, stressed the importance of education and endeavoured to educate all of their children, including their four daughters. (2) Annette was educated by governesses, her older sister, Blannie, as well as her father. She was known for her great love of reading and she spent a large part of her life teaching in parish schools. (3) Annette and her sisters were incredibly lucky to receive such a thorough education as most of the girls of their era were not so fortunate.

(1) Anne Else, ‘Gender inequalities – Education,’ Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand,
(2) 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. 28.
(3) Alison Drummond, 'The Auckland Journals of Vicesimus Lush 1850-63,' 1971, pp. 269-70.

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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Leather and paper


18 x 11 x 3cm

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London, England


John Murray (estab. 1768)

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London, England

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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