Name/TitleSheet music, 'The race course,' 'Silvery echoes,' 'Tripping through the daisies,' and 'Golden clouds'
About this objectThis collection of sheet music belonged to Florence Buckland, also known as Florrie, who was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful businessmen. 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. However, it is known that Florrie attended Remuera Public School and may have also received lessons from a governess for a short time. (1) As part of her education, it is likely that Florrie was taught how to play the piano and would have used this music book during her lessons. There was always a piano in the ballroom at Highwic, the Buckland family home, which the female family members played as a means of entertaining the family as well as visiting guests. (2)
(1) New Zealand Historic Places Trust, ‘Highwic 1862,’ 2009, p. 15; Auckland Star, ‘Remuera Public School,’ 30 December 1891, p. 6.
(2) New Zealand Historic Places Trust, ‘Highwic 1862,’ 2009, p. 18.
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Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements35.5 x 26cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeSheet Music