Carte de visite [Annette Lush]; Foy Bros; c. 1876; XEC.5293.6.4


Ewelme Cottage


Carte de visite [Annette Lush]

About this object

This sepia-toned photograph pictures nineteen-year-old Anne Lush (known as Annette to her family). Annette gave this photograph to her older sister Blanche and wrote on the reverse: “To dear Blanche from, Anne Lush. 1st June 1876.”

Annette was born in 1857 and was the daughter of the Anglican minister, Vicesimus Lush and his wife, Blanche. Due to her father's calling, Annette's youth was greatly centred around the Anglican church and parish activities. When she was 18 years old, Annette received the highest marks in the Board of Theological Studies examination, a feat which she took great pride in for the rest of her life. Annette went on to devote herself to the Church and helping people, becoming a Sunday school teacher and volunteering for the Melanesia Mission in 1880, during which she helped build a church on Norfolk Island. (1) On 8 April 1885, Annette married the Anglican priest, David Ruddock, who held various charges in Australia and England until 1903 when he was appointed the vicar of Wairoa in the Hawke's Bay. Annette and David had four daughters and two sons, both of whom sadly died while serving in the First World War. (2)

In this photograph Annette is wearing what appears to be a mourning dress as her younger sister, Margaret Edith, had recently passed away from scarlet fever. The Lush family may have decided to have their portraits taken as Margaret Edith’s passing may have shown them how important such keepsakes were.

(1) New Zealand Herald, “The New Church at Norfolk Island,” 17 November 1880, p. 5.
(2) Waiapu Church Gazette, “Obituary,” 1 July 1937, p. 1.

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Place Made

Thames, New Zealand


Foy Bros

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1876

Medium and Materials



11 x 7cm

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Credit Line

Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Carte de visite

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