Name/TitleBook, 'Stories of the Olden Time'
MakerJean Sire de Joinville (b. 1224, d.1319)
About this objectThis book was awarded to thirteen-year-old Florence Buckland as a “writing prize” in December 1885. Little is known about Florence’s schooling other than that her family employed a governess for a short time and she attended Remuera Public School. (1)
During the 19th century, educating girls was seen by many parents to be fruitless. This was because women were expected to marry, have children and run a household, all of which did not need formal education. (2) However, Florence was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen, and this well-off upbringing meant that Florence received a higher education that most other girls of her era.
It is apparent that Florence was quite a prolific reader as can be seen by the large amount of books she kept in her bedroom at Highwic, the Buckland family home. Some of these books were Sunday school prizes from St Marks Church in Remuera, others were acquired in the year of her marriage to Alfred Seccombe in 1896, and many were gifts from her sisters.
(1) New Zealand Historic Places Trust, ‘Highwic 1862,’ 2009, p. 15; Auckland Star, ‘Remuera Public School,’ 30 December 1891, p. 6.
(2) Anne Else, ‘Gender inequalities – Education,’ Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, www.teara.govt.nz/en/gender-inequalities/page-5.
For more information about the Buckland family and Highwic, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.
Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements18.7 x 12.7 x 1.5cm
Date MadeNot dated
Place MadeLondon, England
PublisherCassell & Co. (estab. 1847)
Publication DateNot dated
Publication PlaceLondon, England
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga