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Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand (Paperback)

By Bishop, Catherine

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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, sup...porting 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; Ma ori and Pa keha ; 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 9781988531762
Published AU 30 Sep 2019
Publisher Otago University Press
Format Paperback
340 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781988531762
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Published 30 Sep 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Bishop, Catherine
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography: General
Australasian & Pacific History
Social & Cultural History
Women's Studies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 240mm
Dewey Code 338.7092293
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Businesswomen - New Zealand - History - 19th century, Women-owned business enterprises - New Zealand - History - 19th century
NBS Text Biography: Business
ONIX Text General/trade