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The Erasure of Mrs Corrigan

  The Erasure of Mrs Corrigan By Dasha Zapisetskaya Recounting the camping trip in late 1888 that has led us to so many interesting discoveries, Emily Harris lists her fellow campers travelling to the Wakapuaka district by coach, among whom are: Married ladies: Mrs Wright, Mrs Corrigan, Mrs Washbourn. […] Children: Julie, Winifred & Dorothy Read More…

Emily Harris in Full Bloom

  ‘Emily Harris in Full Bloom’ By Catherine Field-Dodgson When I was working on my 2003 thesis ‘In Full Bloom: Botanical Art and Flower Painting by Women in 1880s New Zealand’, Emily Harris quickly became my favourite botanical/flower painter to research. Of all of the notes and research material I compiled 18-odd years ago, the Read More…

Miss Cottier: Independent Bookseller

Miss Cottier: Independent Bookseller By Kathryn Mercer It is late 1888 and Emily Harris is beginning to look for agents who might sell her books of botanical drawings once they are published. In New Plymouth her sisters Kate Moore and Mary Weyergang explore then dismiss the possibility of either their husbands or sons being suitable Read More…

Harris & Sons of Plymouth, Devon

  By Nigel Overton Harris & Sons of Plymouth, Devon: From House Painters & Glaziers to Decorators, Furnishers, Picture Frame Makers, Gallery Owners and sometime suppliers of Artists’ Materials, Fancy Goods and Stationery. Having by chance recently come across an advertisement for Harris & Sons in a circa 1930 Plymouth guidebook, I was prompted to Read More…

Which Miss Harris?

By Michele Leggott Last week Ellen had a letter from Dr Taylor & some coloured views of London. He was in Kent, he intended visiting the Exhibition. His letters are always amusing, he wishes that we would get married so that our names might not harass him so. (30 May 1886) Emily Harris is amused Read More…

James Upfill Wilson Redux

By Brianna Vincent. Our recent James Upfill Wilson post didn’t include a photo of him. Despite extensive searches we had found possibilities but not probabilities. There was nothing that we could point to with a measure of confidence and say ‘we think this is him’. Our best guess was a photo of a photo in Read More…

Reading the Stone

By Michele Leggott There is only one other headstone like it in the whole of St Mary’s Churchyard. Genealogist John Pickering confirms for us that the stone marking the burials of Hugh Corbyn Harris and his sister Frances Emma Harris is unusual in being slate. The other slate marker belongs to the grave of John Read More…

Ned’s Dress

By Dasha Zapisetskaya Transcribing a handwritten diary is like doing maths homework; you might whizz through three or four pages before becoming completely stumped by one little problem. This is exactly what happened as I worked through Emily Harris’s account of her visit to a friend in November 1885. ‘I stayed a few days with Read More…