A woman of good character : single women as immigrant settlers in nineteenth-century New Zealand (Book, 1990) [WorldCat.org]
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A woman of good character : single women as immigrant settlers in nineteenth-century New Zealand
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A woman of good character : single women as immigrant settlers in nineteenth-century New Zealand

Author: Charlotte Macdonald; New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch.
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Allen & Unwin/Historical Branch, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thousands of young women ... came to New Zealand as 'government' or assisted immigrants between the 1840s and the 1880s. Most knew little of their destination - only that young women like them were urgently needed to work as domestic servants and to balance the 'disproportion of the sexes' in the fledgling colony ... explores the women's life histories and life patterns both prior to and after emigration. Theirs is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte Macdonald; New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch.
ISBN: 0046582584 9780046582586
OCLC Number: 23832895
Notes: "Allen & Unwin New Zealand Limited and Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs"--Title page verso.
Available from William Collins Ltd.
Description: 283 pages : illustrations, facsimile, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Search for women as new settlers --
Immigrants --
Voyage --
Finding work and getting on --
Marriage --
Fertility, childbirth and family life --
Woman of bad character? --
Appendixes : Ships which carried government immigrants to Canterbury 1853-1871 --
Women for whom information about children has been traced.
Responsibility: Charlotte Macdonald.

Abstract:

"Thousands of young women ... came to New Zealand as 'government' or assisted immigrants between the 1840s and the 1880s. Most knew little of their destination - only that young women like them were urgently needed to work as domestic servants and to balance the 'disproportion of the sexes' in the fledgling colony ... explores the women's life histories and life patterns both prior to and after emigration. Theirs is a forgotten history, and a unique one, and their story challenges many of our preconceptions about women's lives in nineteenth-century New Zealand"--Cover.

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