Name/TitleHymnal, 'Hymns A & M'
About this objectThis small leather-bound book of hymns belonged to eighteen-year-old Maud Buckland. Maud was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful businessmen. She was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers.
The Buckland family were practicing Anglicans and attended Sunday service at St Mark’s Church in Remuera. Therefore, it is likely that Maud took this hymnal with her to Church every week where she would have attended Bible lessons as well as the main service.
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 Maud attended Mrs. Young’s Lower Glenside School in Auckland. Maud was an accomplished horse rider who often took part in the Pakuranga Hunt Club with other members of Auckland’s social elite. (1) She was also a talented musician and in 1890 was a recipient of the Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s scholarship to attend the University College School of Music in Auckland. (2)
(1) ‘Point to Point Steeplechase,‘ Auckland Star, 18 October 1897, p. 2
(2) ‘Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s Musical Exhibitions,’ New Zealand Herald, 27 March 1890, p. 5
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MakerWilliam Clowes & Sons Ltd.
Medium and MaterialsLeather and paper
Measurements9.4 x 5.9 x 2cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga