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Women Mean Business: Dunedin’s Colonial Entrepreneurs


Tue 22 Oct 2019, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: DCCMarketing

Elizabeth Keates, Isabella Cary, Annie Willshire, Agnes Logan, Madame Hubert, Nancy Dawson, Jane Barnwell, Caroline Alpenny, Kate Redmayne, Madame Burnley – all names mostly forgotten but these women, along with many others like them were the lifeblood of Dunedin’s economy. They ran registry offices, draperies, boarding houses, schools, pubs and brothels, and one was even an ‘eminent gynaecologist’.

Dr Catherine Bishop explores the stories of some of New Zealand’s colonial entrepreneurs – the successful and the outright failures, the heart-warming and the tragic, the everyday and the scandalous.

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 (New South Publishing, 2015) won the prestigious 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. This is her second book.

Toitū OSM – Auditorium

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