Name/TitlePhotograph [Blanche Buckland]
About this objectThis sepia-toned carte de visite pictures twenty-year-old Blanche Buckland who was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agricultural businessmen. In this portrait Blanche is photographed wearing a dark dress with a collar that is buttoned at her throat.
Blanche was born on 14 February 1857 and 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 Blanche went to school but it is likely that she either attended St Mark’s Church School in Remuera or was home-schooled. During the 19th century young women from the middle class and above did not go out to work and their lives were fairly restricted. Blanche would have been expected to assist in the daily running of the household which would have involved mending, washing and ironing clothes, cleaning the house, caring for her younger brothers and sisters, cooking meals, and entertaining visitors. (1)
In May 1881, Blanche married Henry Gorrie who was a manager at her father’s farming company, Alfred Buckland & Sons. They had seven children, Blanche, Mary, Owen, Gwen, Donald, Rachel and John. Blanche’s two youngest sons, Donald and John, were tragically killed while serving in the First World War.
(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