Story: Smoking

Biddy of the Buller (3rd of 5)

Biddy of the Buller

Bridget Goodwin was one of the few 19th-century women who regularly smoked a pipe. Most respectable women would not have dared indulge in this male pleasure but Biddy of the Buller, as she was known, was unconventional. With two male companions she was a gold miner in the Buller Gorge area of the West Coast, and was known to take part in other male customs such as drinking sprees.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Smoking - The age of the pipe: the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/38965/biddy-of-the-buller (accessed 26 February 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013