Name/TitleSheet music, 'Asthore'
About this objectThis musical score of ‘Asthore’ belonged to twenty-one-year-old Maud Buckland. Maud was born in 1874 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. However, it is known that Maud attended Mrs. Young’s Lower Glenside School in Auckland. As part of her education, Maud would have received music lessons in the piano and the violin. During the Victorian era, young middle and upper class girls were often taught how to play a musical instrument, especially the piano, as it not only provided a creative outlet, but was also a vital source of entertainment. Often, families and friends would gather around the piano to sing songs and hold soirees. Maud proved to be a very talented musician and in 1890 was a recipient of the Auckland’s Amateur Opera Club’s scholarship to attend the New Zealand University College of Music in Auckland. (1)
(1) ‘Auckland Amateur Opera Club’s Musical Exhibitions,’ New Zealand Herald, 27 March 1890, p. 5.
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MakerClifton Bingham (b.1859, d.1913)
MakerHenry Trotere (b.1855, d.1912)
MakerJ. B. Cramer & Co. (estab. 1824)
Place MadeLondon, England
Medium and MaterialsPaper and silk
Measurements35.6 x 26.1 x 0.2cm
Subject and Association KeywordsGirlhood
Credit LineCollection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeSheet Music