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Born to New Zealand : a biography of Jane Maria Atkinson / Frances Porter.

By: Porter, Frances, 1925-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1989Description: ix, 416 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0046140085 (pbk.).Subject(s): Atkinson, Jane Maria, 1824-1914 | Women pioneers -- New Zealand -- Taranaki -- Biography | Taranaki (N.Z.) -- BiographyDDC classification: 920.72 Awards: New Zealand Book Awards, 1990: Non-fiction.Summary: 'I love Taranaki more every day... I was born to live here, certainly it fits me well, tho' I feel doubtful as to any woman without my peculiar crotchets being happy here...my life is an ugly little stock of a rosebush with plenty of prickles but...in good soil it will give me a few sweet smelling blossoms for years.' So wrote Maria Richmond in 1854, newly arrived in Taranaki, on the eve of her marriage to Arthur Atkinson. Maria bore children, cared for relatives and friends, and established a home in New Zealand. She also read constantly, discussed politics, became bored with, sometimes despaired of, a woman's lot, but always wrote with vivacity and intelligence, as did other members of her remarkable family. From this rich resource Frances Porter has written a biography that offers a woman's view of life in colonial New Zealand. It is a story both of daily, intimate happenings and of the broader sweep of history. Many of Maria's male kinfolk entered politics and were actively engaged in the Taranaki wars. Maria was an effective non-combatant in both spheres. Nothing that touched her life escaped her vigorous commentary.
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"Published with the assistance of the Alexander Turnbull Endowment Trust."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

'I love Taranaki more every day... I was born to live here, certainly it fits me well, tho' I feel doubtful as to any woman without my peculiar crotchets being happy here...my life is an ugly little stock of a rosebush with plenty of prickles but...in good soil it will give me a few sweet smelling blossoms for years.' So wrote Maria Richmond in 1854, newly arrived in Taranaki, on the eve of her marriage to Arthur Atkinson. Maria bore children, cared for relatives and friends, and established a home in New Zealand. She also read constantly, discussed politics, became bored with, sometimes despaired of, a woman's lot, but always wrote with vivacity and intelligence, as did other members of her remarkable family. From this rich resource Frances Porter has written a biography that offers a woman's view of life in colonial New Zealand. It is a story both of daily, intimate happenings and of the broader sweep of history. Many of Maria's male kinfolk entered politics and were actively engaged in the Taranaki wars. Maria was an effective non-combatant in both spheres. Nothing that touched her life escaped her vigorous commentary.

Wellington historian Frances Porter is the author of The Turanga Journals: letters and Journals of William and Jane Williams and editor of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Historic Buildings of New Zealand. Born To New Zealand draws on many years work on the various Richmond-Atkinson collections; it is a biography to be read and reread.

New Zealand Book Awards, 1990: Non-fiction.

"Published with the assistance of the Alexander Turnbull Endowment Trust."

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