Cabinet photograph [at the Thames. Anne Lush and Coney's]; XEC.5295.32


Cabinet photograph [at the Thames. Anne Lush and Coney's]

About this object

This sepia-toned photograph pictures Anne Lush, on the far left, and the Coney family sitting on the rocky banks of the river Thames. Although this group may be exploring the wild and untamed environment surrounding the Thames River, they are still wearing the heavy and restrictive clothing of the Victorian era. The girls are wearing long skirts, long-sleeved blouses as well as hats, and the man is wearing trousers, a suit coat, and a high collar.

Anne, known as Annette to her family, was born in 1857 and was the daughter of the Anglican minister, Vicesimus Lus, 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

Medium and Materials



11 x 16cm

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Credit Line

Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Cabinet photograph

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