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Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

by Catherine Bishop
Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

by Catherine Bishop

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Overview

New Zealand’s nineteenth-century towns were full of entrepreneurial women. Contrary to what we might expect, colonial women were not only wives and mothers or domestic servants. A surprising number ran their own businesses, supporting themselves and their families, sometimes in productive partnership with husbands, but in other cases compensating for a spouse’s incompetence, intemperance, or absence. The pages of this book overflow with the stories of hard-working milliners and dressmakers, teachers, boarding-house keepers, and more. Then, as now, there was no "typical" businesswoman. Their businesses could be wild successes or dismal failures, lasting just a few months or a lifetime. In this fascinating and entertaining book, Dr. Catherine Bishop showcases many of the individual businesswomen whose efforts, collectively, contributed so much to the making of urban life in New Zealand.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988531762
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Catherine Bishop's first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial businesswomen in Sydney, won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2016. 

Table of Contents

1 Don't Assume It's a Man: Finding colonial businesswomen 8

2 Women's Place and Men's Responsibility 34

3 'This Outlandish Place at the End of the Earth' 48

4 One Ring to Bind Them All: Marriage and the law 57

5 'Good Morning, Miss': The business of education 71

6 A Stitch in Time: Dresses and drapery 111

7 'Personal Offices for Man': Beds, booze and bodies 162

8 'Personal Offices for Woman': A female economy 205

9 The Corner Shop: For better or for worse 226

10 Butchers and Bakers and Cordial Makers 236

11 Pushing Boundaries: Exploiting 'accomplishments' 261

12 Globetrotting 275

13 Forgetting and Remembering 293

Abbreviations 303

Notes 305

Bibliography 363

Index 383

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