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Polly Plum : a firm and earnest woman's advocate, Mary Ann Colclough 1836-1885 / Jenny Coleman.

By: Coleman, Jenny [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2017Description: 280 pages, viii leaves of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780947522476; 0947522476.Other title: Mary Ann Colclough 1836-1885.Subject(s): Colclough, Mary Ann, 1836-1885 | Women social reformers -- New Zealand -- Biography | Women -- New Zealand -- Biography | Feminists -- New Zealand -- BiographySummary: "Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand's earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as 'our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic'. English-born Mary Ann Barnes came to New Zealand in 1857, and soon gained notoriety for her outspokenness on issues relating to women's position in society. A teacher and also a journalist for the Daily Southern Cross and the Weekly News under the nom de plume 'Polly Plum', she also engaged in public debates through the letters to the editor columns, undeterred by becoming 'the best abused woman in New Zealand in the present day'."--Back cover.
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A biography of one of New Zealands earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic. English-born Mary Ann Barnes came to New Zealand in 1857, and soon gained notoriety for her outspokenness on issues relating to womens position in society. A teacher and also a journalist for the Daily Southern Cross and the Weekly News under the nom de plume Polly Plum, she also engaged in public debates through the letters to the editor columns, undeterred by becoming the best abused woman in New Zealand in the present day. In this fine biography, Jenny Coleman argues that Mary Ann Colcloughs contribution to the womens movement in nineteenth-century New Zealand is at least equal to that of Kate Sheppard. A good two decades ahead of the organised womens movement, Polly Plum began politicising women by writing about the realities of their daily lives, what needed to change and how. Coleman here reclaims Mary Ann Colcloughs place in New Zealands feminist history by bringing her life and contributions to a wider audience.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand's earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as 'our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic'. English-born Mary Ann Barnes came to New Zealand in 1857, and soon gained notoriety for her outspokenness on issues relating to women's position in society. A teacher and also a journalist for the Daily Southern Cross and the Weekly News under the nom de plume 'Polly Plum', she also engaged in public debates through the letters to the editor columns, undeterred by becoming 'the best abused woman in New Zealand in the present day'."--Back cover.