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Higgins, Sarah: Autobiography

Collection | Ref # ARC-0388 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Higgins, Sarah: Autobiography


Higgins, Sarah (nee Sharp), 1830-1923

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0.02 linear metres

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Sarah Higgins was baptised at Lydden, Kent, in 1830 and arrived at Nelson aboard the 'Bolton' in 1842. Here she kept house for her father and brothers, who worked as labourers. In 1849 she married Sydney Higgins, a sawyer, and the couple had eleven children together. During her married life Sarah Higgins lived on farms in the Spring Grove area, where she combined child-rearing with activities to boost the family income, such as sewing and butter-making, and the care of invalid boarders. She later took up nursing, and as a midwife she claimed to have assisted at the birth of 350 babies. Sydney Higgins died in 1903, and Sarah died at Belgrove in 1923, at the age of 93 (from Katherine W. Orr in 'Dictionary of New Zealand Biography').

Scope and contents:

The collection consists of two typescript copies (one bound) of Sarah Higgins' brief autobiography, which includes details of her early life in Kent, her voyage at 12 years of age from England to Nelson and her life in New Zealand up until the age of 88, in 1918.

Dates covered:

1830 - 1918

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Not restricted.

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Spring Grove (Nelson) · Nelson (Region) · Kent

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Settlers · Family life

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