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Letter from Jane Williams to Catherine Heathcote, June 27, 1846

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    Regarding the trouble Catherine went through to secure a new Church at Southwell. Jane writes that Marianne had forwarded Catherine's letters to her and she had shared them with Mses Stack, Hamlin, and Baker, who decidedly sent a subscription to Catherine for the cause.

    Jane goes on to share that her family would be traveling to meet Henry and Marianne Williams at Auckland, and reported that although peace prevailed in the North, their work had been somewhat hindered and disrupted due to the Military being stationed so near to their mission. She writes that Iwi around Turanganui-a-kiwa Poverty Bay had taken no interest in the disturbances in the North or South. Finally, she writes of taking possession of their new and improved accommodation and briefly mentions their various friends around the country.

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    14427 (Presto content ID)

    MS-1991-75-738 (Reference Number)

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    Letter from Jane Williams to Catherine Heathcote, June 27, 1846
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    7pp on 1 leaf ; 227mm x 375mm Folded to 227mm x 188mm.

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    [Keywords: Correspondence, Colonialism, Missionary Wives, Missionary Women, Missionary Families, Busby, New Zealand Wars]

  • Subject Notes
    Jane Williams (nee Nelson, 1801-1896) was the wife of William Williams, and a force for Missionary work in her own right. Trained as a school teacher, she taught Maori women and girls the art of domestic 'English' life. During her husbands frequent absences, Jane managed the day to day running of their mission. She is remembered as a bright, intelligent, courageous and cheerful soul.
    [Further reading: Faith and Farming: The legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams. pg. 275]
  • Last Update
    07 Dec 2023
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