EXTRACT FROM A LETTER BY A SINGLE WOMAN N.Z. Journal, 31 Jan 1852
"My dear parents, - I am happy to inform you I am in a situation, it is the best I have ever had in my life. We are going to Christchurch Plain, as master has got some land there, and is going to build a house. I intend to stay until you come if they behave as kind as they do now. But the wages are low, but 10 a year, and clothes and shoes are just as dear again as they are at home, so I am vexing to think I shall not be able to save much for sending for you. "Most people here want a servant who understands the dairy, and are good cooks as well, and then you get 14 or 15 a year. So try and come as soon as you can." Source: Brave Days - Pioneer Women of New Zealand, 1939 Converted to electronic form by Corey Woodw@rd