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This is an auction for THE STORY OF SUZANNE AUBERT by Jessie Munro.

Commissioned by the Sisters of Compassion, and published with the assistance of the Historical Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

"THE STORY OF SUZANNE AUBERT is a biography of the French nun, Suzanne Aubert, who helped New Zealand's poor and neglected between the 1860s and her death in 1926. It examines her work with the Maoris and Pakeha, her setting up of a Catholic congregation and her work in Wellington after the turn of the century. The process for Suzanne Aubert's canonisation as a saint was commenced with the appointment in 2010 of Maurice Carmody as postulator or advocate for that cause."

"Suzanne Aubert grew up in a French provincial family. Lyon's missionary spirit brought her to live with Maori girls in war-anxious 1860s Auckland. She nursed Maori and Pakeha in Hawke's Bay as the settler population swelled in the 1870s. In the 1880s and 1890s, up the Whanganui at Hiruharama/Jerusalem, she broke in a hill farm, published a Maori text, manufactured medicines, set up the only New Zealand home-grown Catholic congregation, and gathered babies and children through the family-fracturing years of economic depression. The turn of the century sent her windswept skirts through the streets of the capital. There she would be a constant sign of warm caring and tolerance until she died in 1926."

"This is a superb book, scrupulously researched from sources in English, Latin, French and Italian. It is stylishly written, generously illustrated and rewarding to read."
- Michael King, New Zealand Listener

Large format Auckland University Press paperback 1997.

464 pages + 48 pages of photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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