Carte de visite [Annette Lush]; Foy Bros; c. 1870s; XEC.5293.7.1


Carte de visite [Annette Lush]

About this object

This sepia-toned carte de visite pictures Annette Lush who is wearing a light coloured dress with a darker bow at her neck, and an ornate hat decorated with flowers and light-coloured bows.

Annette Lush was born in 1857 and was the daughter of the Anglican minister, Vicesimus Lush and his wife Blanche. Due to her father's calling, Annette's youth was mostly centred around the Anglican church and parish activities. When she was 18 years old, Annette received the highest marks in the Board of Theological Studies examination, a feat which she took great pride in for the rest of her life. Annette went on to devote herself to the Church and helping people, becoming a Sunday school teacher and volunteering for the Melanesia Mission in 1880, during which she helped build a church on Norfolk Island. (1) On 8 April 1885, Annette married the Anglican priest, David Ruddock, who held various charges in Australia and England until 1903 when he was appointed the vicar of Wairoa in the Hawke's Bay. Annette and David had four daughters and two sons, both of whom sadly died while serving in the First World War. (2)

(1) New Zealand Herald, “The New Church at Norfolk Island,” 17 November 1880, p. 5.
(2) Waiapu Church Gazette, “Obituary,” 1 July 1937, p. 1.

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

Place Made

Thames, New Zealand


Foy Bros

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1870s


11 x 7cm

Object Type

Carte de visite

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Credit Line

Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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