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A day doing miniatures

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What a beaut day today... opened all the windows and had the warm breeze blowing through the house. It's lovely living up on a cliff face and overlooking the harbour, it draws the air through the house.
Thought i would do some more miniatures today. I have been keeping an eye out on trademe for an Atlas 150 pasta machine so that i can get the thicknesses of the clay sheets i'm making things out of. I might just end up buying one from the shop because they are just as expensive on trademe. So anyway... quite pleased with my efforts today.
For my 'Life of Grime' diorama - a mucky jar of marmaladePizza boxPizza and boxes
Little Oreo cookies

Little Oreo cookies again

Jar of Liquorice Swirls

Prohibitionist and Suffragist

Rosannah LODGE, early Christchurch feminist

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Thomas Seth LODGE, 2nd husband of Rosannah b c1833-1898 and
Rosannah LODGE [nee WORT/WERT] 1831-1916 with 2 of their HAMILTON grandchildren
With Temperance and Suffragist movement anniversaries this weekend, it only seems appropriate to write a bit about my great great great grandmother. So begins the story of my Rosannah.




Great Great Great Great grandma Jane WORT nee WHEELER
Mother of Rosannah
born 1803 Berkshire, Eng -  died 1876 Christchurch, NZ


She was born in London 6 April 1831, to George WORT/WERT, a hay salesman and Jane nee WHEELER. One of at least 4 daughters and I know nothing of her childhood. She was a loud voice in Christchurch for both the Temperance cause and the Women's suffrage movement, was an artificial flower maker and businesswoman.

She married firstly William Henry MACE at the age of 18 on 14 October 1849 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England. Three children were born of this union.

1 Susannah Jane - My G G grandmother


:::b 6 August 1848, Lambeth, L…

A few more miniatures

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Found some really good tutorials on youtube and made a couple of things last night.

Above: Little potatoes. Whole, partly peeled and some cut in half.
Below: Little boy and girl beads...how cute are they!


Tenuous link to one of Canterbury's 'unsung Heroines'

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The powers of "Paperspast" via the National Library New Zealand's website showed through again earlier this year when in continuing my usual trawlings of Christchurch's newspaper 'Star' online, I came across an entry for one of Canterbury's colourful colonial females - Annie Quayle TOWNEND nee MOORE c1845 - 1914. She bought 'Karewa' in Fendalton and renamed it 'Mona Vale' which still bears this name today; bequeathed the large conservatory now at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens to the city after her death; donated thousands of pounds to build a church and vicarage in Glenmark, Canterbury amongst many other notable charitable acts. Several photos of Karewa/Mona Vale are on National Library's website here




Townend conservatory December 2005 with Santa :-)
Photo: (C) Sarndra Lees


On her death, she left many people including her servants something in her Will. Amongst these servants was my Great Great Uncle Percy Carr ROBINSON, he was a chau…