Name/TitleMusic Book, 'The Blue Alsatians Waltz'
About this objectThis music book belonged to Kate Buckland who inscribed her name along with the year ‘1879’ onto the front cover. The frontispiece of this music book is an illustration of a moonlit scene in which a small boat is pictured sailing across a lake. On the lake’s shore there is a church with a tall steeple, and snow-capped mountains recede into the distance.
Kate was born on 24 November 1861 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 Kate went to school but it is likely that she attended either St Mark’s Church School in Remuera or was home-schooled. As part of her education, Kate received music lessons and learnt how to play the piano and violin. (1) During the Victorian era, young middle and upper class girls were often taught how to play musical instruments as they not only provided a creative outlet, but were also a vital source of entertainment. Often, families and friends would gather around the piano to sing songs and hold soirees.
(1) New Zealand Historic Places Trust, ‘Highwic’, 2009, p. 18.
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Date MadeNot dated
Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements35.5 x 25.5cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeSheet Music