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'Phemie carrying the laundry'

'Phemie carrying the laundry'

A high proportion of 19th-century women immigrants from England were domestic servants, who came because of high wages and the prospect of marriage. This watercolour by Frances Hodgkins, painted about 1890, depicts the family maid, Euphemia or Phemie.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-425-q-020
Pencil and watercolour sketch by Frances Hodgkins

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Terry Hearn, 'English - A profile of English immigrants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1941/phemie-carrying-the-laundry (accessed 25 May 2019)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015