Name/TitleMusic Book, 'Boosey's Musical Cabinet No. 141. The Popular Songs of Germany'
About this objectThis music book was given to Margaret Edith Lush by her mother on 24 November 1874. During the Victorian era, young girls from the middle and upper classes were often taught how to play the piano. This not only provided the house-bound women of these classes with 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.
Margaret Edith Lush was the daughter of Reverend Vicesimus Lush and his wife, Blanche. Tragically, Margaret Edith died from scarlet fever in 1876 aged 16 years. While the death of a child was not unusual during the Victorian era, this does not mean that the loss was not felt greatly by parents and family members. In the Lush family archives held at Ewelme Cottage, there are a number of mementoes which serve as poignant reminders of the family’s tragic loss, including her schoolbooks, photographs, memorium cards, and inscriptions in books.
For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.
MakerBoosey & Hawkes (estab. 1760s)
Place MadeLondon, England
Medium and MaterialsPaper
Measurements28 x 22cm
Credit LineCollection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga
Object TypeMusic book