In this talk Catherine Bishop, author of Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand (Otago University Press), explores the stories of some of New Zealand’s colonial entrepreneurs – the successful and the outright failures, the heart-warming and the tragic, the every day and the scandalous.
In Napier, theatrical costumier Susannah Kemp, music teacher Maria Neill, boarding house keeper Sophia Thomas and hotelkeeper and theatrical manager Kate Lowten were just a few of the many nineteenth-century businesswomen whose lives are not so familiar today.
Born and raised in Whanganui, Dr Catherine Bishop is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney. Her first book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth Publishing, 2015) won the prestigious 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. This is her second book.
Book sales, signings and light refreshments will be available after the talk.
This is a free event, please register through Eventfinda to secure your place.