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Further search for Beatrice Wilcken in Dunedin

In Dunedin as part of a NZ holiday but research always beckons. Limited internet but I manage in snippets when free wi-fi available! Interested to know if I can track down any more information on Wilcken (another German writer of early Australian fairytales) who taught music for sometime in Dunedin and gave a concert at the Choral Hall. A conversation with another PhD student Jai Paterson about her intriguing thesis topic which examines Trans-Tasman migrant  flows between Australia and New Zealand (from respectable families) sent me off on this quest. Unfortunately Beatrice did not emerge in any diaries or papers. The Dunedin Historical Society did not have her name in their archives.  But when visiting Olverston House, amazingly fully furnished as when lived in with its original owners, my ears pricked up when I discovered its library (including children's books) remained intact. Unfortunately her book was not found in the inventory so I couldn't argue for it being taken to N…

Forgotten how hard writing was ...

If the Australian identity in the early Australian literature of the 1840s can be attributed to the new settlers’ ‘quest for belonging and identity’ and the often violent, clash of Indigenous and immigrant cultures as well as a longing for home ...
After two weeks in New Zealand I had forgotten how hard writing was and only managed four paragraphs yesterday. I read the Thesis Whisperer's blog for inspiration - I like her sense of humour! I especially like the blog about taking a thesis writing retreat in New York although I'm always happy to settle for Jan's cabin in Tassie.  Babysitting today but with XP having a morning nap sleeping in the cot next to me I seem to have found a new speed. Something nice about having a companion when you are working alone. Of course, not to be left out WM is going with me to the Bailleu on Tuesday to borrow some books and, while I have a coffee, to soak up the academic air. Kel and B spent weekends at Monash University Library in the 90s wit…