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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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"From Kaitaia in Northland to Oban on Stewart Island, 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, absence – or all three. The pages of this book overflow with the stories of hard-working milliners and dressmakers, teachers, boarding-house keepers and laundresses, colourful publicans, brothelkeepers and travelling performers, along with the odd taxidermist, bootmaker and butcher – and Australasia's first woman chemist. Then, as now, there was no 'typical' businesswoman. They were middle and working class; young and old; Maori and Pakeha; single, married, widowed and sometimes bigamists. Their businesses could be wild successes or dismal failures, lasting just a few months or a lifetime. In this fascinating and entertaining book, award-winning historian 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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ISBN-13: 9781988592718
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
File size: 6 MB

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.  Dr Catherine Bishop grew up in Whanganui. She completed her first degree at Victoria University in Wellington, before working as a maths teacher, bookseller and mother in the UK and Australia. She finished her PhD at the Australian National University in 2012 and now lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Her first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth, 2015), won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2016. She currently holds a research fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council at Macquarie University, where she is writing a history of women in business in twentieth-century Australia. The research for Women Mean Business was assisted by a New Zealand History Trust Award.

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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