Name/TitlePhotograph [Mariamne Buckland]
About this objectThis sepia-toned carte de visite pictures twenty-two-year-old Mariamne Buckland who was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. In this portrait Mariamne is wearing an ornate light coloured dress as well as a wide brimmed hat laced with flowers and holding what looks to be a parasol.
Mariamne was born on 16 February 1855 in Kohuroa, Auckland, and lived to be 102 years old. In her report on the Buckland Family, Jan Harris described Mariamne as “a crack shot” who was interested in motor car racing and aeronautical events. (1) As there are few surviving letters, diaries or other resources about the Buckland family, little is known about the lives of the Buckland women and children. Mariamne was one of 21 children and received no formal schooling. During the 19th century young women from the middle class and above did not go out to work and their lives were fairly restricted. It is likely Mariamne was home-schooled and learnt ‘practical’ skills which would enable her to run a large household while at the same time assisting her mother in looking after her younger brothers and sisters. (2)
In 1877 Mariamne married Arthur Morrow and had four children, Mary, Katie, Arthur, and Alfred.
(1) Jan Harris, ‘Sweet Villa of Highwic,’ 1996, p. 60.
(2) Ibid, p. 65
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Place MadeAuckland, New Zealand
MakerR. H. Bartlett
Medium and MaterialsPhotograph
Measurements11.3 x 6.5cm
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga