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The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland, Patricia Charlotte Dennis

Label
The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland
Title
The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Charlotte Dennis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
If you think today's teens have it tough, spare a thought for Charlotte Gatland: Washing day. I rather enjoy it. The huge copper seething and boiling. The clouds of steam and the smell of the soap. The white linen taken out with a stick and slopped into the first of the four wooden tubs. Rinsed in the following two and, lastly, steeped in the blue water ... Rediscover history unfolding through the eyes of a British officer's daughter in 1847: We have chosen a book by a new author, one Currer Bell. It has created quite a storm and has been harshly criticised by some for its outspoken love scenes. Papa read it first, and can see nothing to object in it. He has given us permission to read it. So far I have not come up to the love scenes but am alive with expectation. It is called Jane Eyre and is enthralling ... Until the day her father's regiment is posted to a land far away: Papa has just informed us he is taking all of us, the whole family, to New Zealand. A tiny island at the utmost end of the earth. It is the last outpost of Empire, and only a handful of white people live there amongst hordes of cannibals. What is worse, much worse, we are going there permanently and that means forever. I cannot write more as tears are blotting the page. Poor Mama ... Be there as she discovers the spirit of New Zealand: The dance itself was amazing, at least ten men to every girl ... Two of the prettiest girls there were Maoris and they had a constant stream of admirers around them. Already, I have been told, a few mixed marriages have taken place. One cannot blame the men, for the women are indeed attractive. There seems very little of the marked class distinction of the Old Country. Each person is evaluated on their behaviour ... England seems very far away now, almost a dream ..
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NZ1
Dewey number
NZ823.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland, Patricia Charlotte Dennis
Label
The secret diary of Charlotte Gatland, Patricia Charlotte Dennis
Publication
Note
  • "This is a novel written as a personal diary of her grandmother, Charlotte Louise Gatland"--Page 9
  • "At 19 years old she partied with London society, struck gold in California, and fought tragedy, destitution and danger to carve a future in pioneer New Zealand. It was 1847, and this is her true teenage life story ..."--Cover
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Foreword -- A final London summer -- A heartwrenching decision: we leave for New Zealand -- One the horizon: our ship beckons -- Into the storm -- Dear father -- Land of the long white cloud -- The christmas tree -- The widdy women of Auckland -- Love in a cold climate -- Wedding to William Gilberd -- The voyage to America -- San Francisco: February 1850 -- The Sacramento argonauts -- We strike gold! -- Home again to New Zealand -- All that glitters: a tragic curse -- A solo mother in 1853 -- Marriage to Mr. Eric Craig -- How to keep a husband happy -- The war years -- A nation's time to heal -- Better times -- The new curiosity shop -- The author
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ocn983272493
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Dimensions
21 cm
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Edition
First edition.
Extent
299 pages
Isbn
9780473373573
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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Note
Mention of botanist, and future husband, Eric Craig catching ship to Auckland from Tauranga (page 231).
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983272493

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