Friday, December 26, 2014

Thames (NZ): Anne Lush's sampler

A delightful find in a book called: New Zealand's Historic Samplers our Stitched Stories, by Vivien Caughley. It is the sampler of Anne Lush (1857 - 1937), who lived at The Thames a short time after this sampler was completed in July 1869.
 Anne Lush had stayed in Auckland with her mother and family at Ewelme Cottage in Howick, while her father the Reverend Lush settled in Thames as the Anglican Minister. The family then moved to Thames, where Anne became an active member of the community - this included teaching at the Kauaeranga Girls' School and at the St George's Sunday School.

Photo Sources:
Photo of Anne from: The Thames Journals of Vicesimus Lush 1868-82, edited by Alison Drummond
Photo of Sampler from: New Zealand's Historic Samplers our Stitched Stories, by Vivien Caughley.

This raises the question - Do you have any samplers, early embroidery completed by our early Thamesites? If so, a photo and information would be appreciated :)

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