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This is an auction for BORN TO NEW ZEALAND: A BIOGRAPHY OF JANE MARIA ATKINSON by Frances Porter.

Winner of the NZ Book Award for Non-Fiction in 1990.

From the Dictionary of NZ Biography:

"According to family information Jane Maria Richmond (known as Maria) was born at St Pancras, London, England, on 15 September 1824, the third child and only surviving daughter of Christopher Richmond, barrister of the Middle Temple, and his wife, Maria Wilson. The early death of Christopher Richmond left the family in reduced circumstances and Maria was brought up to shun extravagance. She was formally educated at a school for young ladies at Highgate and informally and most profitably at home. The Richmonds were Unitarians, committed to free thought, high principles and intellectual integrity. Whatever her mother or brothers read, Maria read also. As a young woman Maria was reserved, her affections centred on her family and her confidences shared in letters to her friend from school days, Margaret Taylor, then living in Dresden. Maria was handsome, and had many admirers, but she was attracted to only one suitor. In this case her family, especially her eldest brother, William, were opposed to the match and Maria deferred to them. Apart from excursions with her brother James or sorties to France and Dresden, she lived a restless life - 'I do nothing useful'. In her letters to Margaret Taylor she occasionally wrote about the uselessness of delicate feminine dependence and the need of more adequate education for women . . . "

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Paperback 1990.

416 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, 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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