Story: Women and men

Home life

Home life

A clean, orderly home with a settled and happy family cared for by a loving mother was at the core of the ideal family many colonists tried to set up. William Bambridge drew this picture of his wife Sophia and their baby son William in his diary in June 1844.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MS-0130-159
Ink drawing by William Bambridge

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Charlotte Macdonald, 'Women and men - Colonial beginnings: 1840s–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Charlotte Macdonald, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017