Book, 'My Poetry Book'; Religious Tract Society (estab. 1799); XCH.263

Name/Title

Book, 'My Poetry Book'

Maker

Religious Tract Society (estab. 1799)

Maker Role

Publisher

About this object

This book of children’s poetry belonged to nine-year-old Edith Julia Clendon, who wrote the following inscription on the title page” ‘Edith J. Clendon, Herds Point, May 22 1869’.

Edith was born on 20 July 1860 and was the daughter of Captain James Reddy and Jane Takotowi Clendon (nee Cochrane). She grew up at Clendon House, located in Rawene (previously known as Herd’s Point) in the Hokianga region. Edith had seven brothers and sisters as well as six older step-siblings from her father’s first marriage. The younger Clendon children were taught by a governess, Mrs Bennett, whom they shared with the children of Spencer von Sturmer, a local resident magistrate. Their schoolroom was an attic room under the gables of Clendon House. (1)

Sadly, Edith died on 26 July 1877, at the age of 17 years.

(1) Florence Keene, 'Under Northland Skies', 1984, p. 119.

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

Medium and Materials

Paper, cloth and cardboard

Measurements

16 x 10.5 x 0.5cm

Place Made

England

Publisher

Religious Tract Society (estab. 1799)

Publication Place

England

Subject and Association Keywords

Girlhood

Credit Line

Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Book

Object number

XCH.263

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