Story: Household services

The governess (2nd of 2)

The governess

Mrs Fergusson, governess to the Strang family of Palmerston North, with her charges at the gate of the family’s house, Woodhey, in Palmerston North, around 1910. The governess was on a different footing from servants. She often ate with the family and travelled with them. Mrs Fergusson went to England with the Strangs on an extended visit not long before this photograph was taken.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Household services - Servants in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2021)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010