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The NZ Series. Pioneer Women edited by Sarah Ell.

September 2, 2019

pioneer womenThe NZ Series. Pioneer Women edited by Sarah Ell. Pub. Oratia, 2019.

After reading this historical account taken from diaries and letters written by women who pioneered New Zealand, I was completely blown away. I don’t think they make women like this anymore.

Their stories are stunning. It starts with extracts from a letter written by a woman identified only as Maggie who warns of what type of person is suitable and not suitable for a new life in New Zealand. You must be of good and strong constitution, those of a refined or genteel disposition should forget it.

The voyage out here has it’s nightmares and astonishingly a measles outbreak on ship. It is still here today. Hone Heke and the flag pole story is told from a woman settlers point of view, the 1855 wellington earthquake, the Tarawera eruption of 1886, Lady barker recounts the big snow of 1867 and the “sweating Commission” enquiry into the exploitive  conditions of work of women  in 1889.

These and other stories will shake you to the core. I am proud to be associated with women of this calibre and it helps show the resilience that have made New zealanders the kind of people they are.

Superb photographs, paintings and primary sources of information. Every school should get this series – it is who we are.

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