Drawing, Untitled [Ruth Buckland]; Ruth Butler; 1892; XHH.982




Drawing, Untitled [Ruth Buckland]

About this object

This charcoal drawing by Ruth Butler pictures twelve-year-old Ruth Buckland wearing a plan cotton dress and a headband made from leaves.

As there are few surviving letters, diaries or other documents about the Buckland family, little is known about the lives of the Buckland women and children. Ruth was born in 1880 and was the daughter of Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland’s largest landowners and most successful agriculture businessmen. Ruth was one of 21 children and had thirteen sisters and seven brothers. She attended Mrs Young’s School for Girls and seemed to be an excellent student, gaining awards in subjects such as mathematics, classics, French, and ‘routine works’. In 1898, Ruth successfully passed the matriculation examination and gained entrance to the New Zealand University. (1) In 1900, 805 students were enrolled in the numerous colleges of the New Zealand University and 305 of these were women. (2) However, despite her academic aptitude, Ruth was unable to embark upon a career as women of this era were expected to dedicate to themselves to the role of wife and mother. On 27 October 1920, Ruth married Arthur Waller and they had two children, Alison and Malcolm.

(1) ‘Personal Items,’ New Zealand Herald, 2 February 1898, p. 6.
(2) Kerryn Pollock, ‘Tertiary education – Universities before 1990,’ Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, URL: www.teara.govt.nz/en/tertiary-education/page-1

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Ruth Butler

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Medium and Materials

Paper, charcoal, wood and glass

Place Made

Auckland, New Zealand

Inscription and Marks

Labelled with 'Ruth Waller nee Ruth Buckland daughter of Alfred.'


59 x 52 x 2cm

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Collection of Highwic, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Highwic   Highwic


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