Name/TitlePhotograph [Fanny Buckland]
About this objectThis sepia-toned carte de visite pictures fourteen-year-old Frances Buckland, who was known as Fanny to her family. In this portrait she is wearing a dark coloured dress laced with white fabric.
Fanny Buckland was born on 23 July 1863 and was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. She was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers. As there are few surviving letters, diaries or other documents about the Buckland family, little is known about the lives of the Buckland women and children. It is not known where Fanny went to school, but it is possible that she attended St Mark’s Church School in Remuera, Auckland. However, young women from the middle class and above did not go out to work and their lives were fairly restricted. Fanny would have been expected to assist in the daily running of the household which would have involved chores such as mending, washing and ironing clothes, cleaning the house, caring for her younger brothers and sisters, cooking meals, and entertaining visitors. (1)
In 1893, Fanny married John McCaw and they had five children Alfred, Alexander, Douglas, Ronald and Frances.
(1) Jan Harris, ‘Sweet Villa of Highwic,’ 1996, p. 65.
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Place MadeAuckland, New Zealand
MakerHemus & Hanna (estab. 1875, closed 1885)
Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements11.3 x 6.5cm
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga