Jane Austen in New Zealand

Frances Duncan

Notes from a talk given in Wellington, Saturday, 24 March 2018

When Jane Austen died in 1817, more than 200 years ago, there were only an estimated 200 European settlers in New Zealand. Settlers lives were very different from the people in England, or the people in Austen’s novels; the land was covered in forest, the people were living in huts or tents and society was primitive. We were barely a country. It’s highly unlikely that any of the population; settlers, whalers or native Maori were reading Austen novels. Continue reading “Jane Austen in New Zealand”