Station Life in New Zealand

Author(s): Lady Barker

NZ Literature | Secondhand

Written in 1870, STATION LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND is a fascinating account of the time Lady Mary Anne Barker lived on a sheep station on the south island of New Zealand. It is just a series of letters that she wrote back to her family in England, starting with her arrival in Melbourne Australia en route to Christchurch. It gives the reader a real insight into life as a settler in the 1860s, with all its highs and lows.I gripped my chair in sympathy as she is careened at high speed along the highway by a drunken passenger coach driver. I chuckled at her first attempts at cooking and I cried with her when her naughty dog has to be put down and when she has to help dig dead lambs from a snowdrift after a huge blizzard. Mary Anne writes in a light-hearted style, and she vividly portrayed the lives of genteel sheep farmers (and the not so genteel) the weather and the beautiful scenery and wildlife.Born in Jamaica, educated in England, her first husband Lord George Robert Barker was knighted for his role at the Siege of Lucknow in India. He died 8 months after receiving his title, however when Mary Anne arrived in New Zealand she was with her second husband, Frederick Broome. For her writing Mary Anne retained her Lady Barker title although later in life her second husband was knighted and she became Lady Broome. During her life Mary Anne lived in England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, Australia and Trinidad. A well travelled lady with some eighteen published works.STATION LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND is considered the best of the settlers' tales from the years of colonization of New Zealand, and is a classic of early New Zealand literature.

Reminiscences of the early days on the South Canterbury station, once described as the most interesting station in the Province. Contains small colour illustrations relating to the text.


Cover is torn, and has recieved sun damage on the spine and adjacent areas.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781869411114
  • : Random Century New Zealand
  • : November 1991
  • : ---length:- '26'width:- '19'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lady Barker
  • : Hardback with dust jacket
  • : 993
  • : very good
  • : 180
  • : colour plates