Women with a Mission

Women with a Mission : Rediscovering Missionary Wives in Early NZ

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This is an account of the private and public lives of Elizabeth Colenso, Kate Hadfield, Anne Wilson and Charlotte Brown, who lived in New Zealand during the nineteenth century. All were married to missionaries, but they led quite different lives. Charlotte Brown and Anne Wilson represent first generation missionary women who came to New Zealand from Britain; Elizabeth Colenso and Kate Hadfield represent the second generation, those who were born in New Zealand. Women With a Mission 'rediscovers' the women and their lives, bringing them into historical focus. These four women played a significant part in the shaping of early colonial life in New Zealand. Some were in many ways just as important as their better-known husbands. They were wives and mothers, but they were also teachers, upholders of the faith and heavily involved with Maori, with some even learning the language. Kate Hadfield became a public figure, advocating justice for Maori over land issues. Drawing on the women's letters, journals and diaries, Women with a Mission shows that these pioneering women were more than just wives.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0143020501
  • 9780143020509

Table of contents

Introduction ? Refocusing the Camera; Chapter One ? Charlotte Brown (nee Arnett); Chapter Two ? Anne Wilson (nee Hawker); Chapter Three ? Elizabeth Colenso (nee Fairburn); Chapter Four ? Catherine Hadfield (nee Williams); Final Note ? Camera Refocused; Endnotes; Index.
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