New Zealand 19th Century Businesswomen Biographies

I found so many women in business in colonial New Zealand that not all of them could make it into the book. Those that did make it in often have bigger stories than could be told in the book, so I will be developing a biographical database, including as many women as possible. Watch this space!

 New Zealand's towns overflowed with businesswomen, as this picture of Whanganui indicates. Just in the two blocks back from Taupo Quay on the river, between Market Place and Victoria Avenue, numerous businesswomen's premises can be identified. And this does not include any in Victoria Avenue itself, nor those such as the recently widowed Mrs Louisa Morris and the undertaker's daughter Miss Mary Elizabeth Bush (later Mrs T. D. Cummins) who opened a very short-lived dressmaking business somewhere in Taupo Quay in 1873. There may be even more... and I would love to hear about them. Please contact me so we can add to this picture and to the database more generally.

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Jessie Campbell grocer
Clara Rankin dressmaker
Mary Power, Sarah Jane Ballan, Empire Hotel
Jane Rapley, Misses Siddells, Prince Of Wales Hotel
Sarah Potto, Mimi Potto milliners & dressmakers
Jessie Aikman & Annie Mason McNae, milliners
Agnes Cummins, dressmaker & milliner
Sarah Hogg, Ayrshire House, draper
Sarah Tingey, dressmaker
Caroline Peyman abortionist

Whanganui (1870s?) James Harding, Alexander Turnbull Library 1/2-011819-F 

Janet Dunleavy, hotel