Book, 'Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland'; Charlo...

Name/Title

Book, 'Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland'

Maker

Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901)

Maker Role

Author

Maker

William John Hennessy (1839-1917)

Maker Role

Illustrator

About this object

This book was given to Blanche Margaret Ruddock as a Christmas present from her aunt Blanche (also known as Blannie). On the front page is an inscription which reads: “Blanche Margaret Ruddock, Christmas 1903.1904, With love from her Aunt B. H. [Blanche Hawkins] Lush.”

Charlotte Yonge was one of the most prolific and successful writers of the Victorian era. In her lifetime she published well over 100 books in several genres including history, biography, adult fiction, and children's historical fiction. Yonge was also distantly connected with the Lush family. She was a cousin of Bishop John Coleridge Pateson, the first bishop of Melanesia. (1) Blannie’s father, Vicesimus, was an Anglican minister who served in the Auckland and Waikato regions and was also involved with the Melanesian Mission. Blannie and her younger sister Annette both volunteered as missionaries to Melanesia, Blannie in 1878 and Annette in 1881. (2)

It is believed that Ewelme Cottage has the largest single collection of Charlotte Yonge's works in the southern hemisphere. Yonge was also the editor of the magazine, 'Monthly Packet'. After her travels to Norfolk Island with the Melanesian Mission, Annette contributed and article entitled "Trip to Norfolk Island" which was printed in the Monthly Packet during August 1881. According to her father, Annette received a cheque for £2.17.0 from the publisher and this was "the first money she has ever earned." (3)

(1) Peter J. Lineham, ‘Missions and missionaries – overseas mission,’ Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, www.teara.govt.nz/en/missions-and-missionaries/page-7
(2) Thames Advertiser, ‘Untitled,’ 4 April 1878, p. 2; New Zealand Herald, ‘The New Church at Norfolk Island,’ 17 November 1880, p. 5
(3) Alison Drummond (ed.), 'The Thames Journals of Vicesimus Lush 1868-82,' 1975, p. 244.

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

Paper

Measurements

19 x 13 x 3cm

Date Made

1898

Place Made

London, England

Place Made

New York, United States of America

Publisher

MacMillan and Co. (estab. 1843)

Publication Date

1898

Publication Place

London, England

Publication Place

New York, United States of America

Credit Line

Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Book

Object number

XEC.3268

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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