Poems from the Birthday Book

  In order to illuminate more of the fascinating stories within the Birthday book brought to New Zealand by jessie Kirkness, we have included some of the writing and poetry below. All of the spelling is original, so there are a few ‘mistakes’, but we will forgive her. Do enjoy. Dunfermline Abbey Forfarshire Our good […]

The Birthday Book

Without correspondence or diaries it is very hard to imagine how a twelve week sea voyage in 1883 would appear to an eleven year old girl embarking from the Orkney Islands to a new life in the colony of New Zealand. We are fortunate that Jessie Ann Kirkness was gifted a Birthday register, ‘with daily […]