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