Early handbooks for would-be colonists, like this one published in 1849, advised bringing plenty of clothes because getting them would be difficult once in New Zealand. The lists for a labouring man and his wife were shorter than those for a gentleman and a lady, which included such items as kid gloves and cambric pocket handkerchiefs.
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Reference: G. B. Earp, Hand-book for intending emigrants to the southern settlements of New Zealand. London: Routledge, 1852, cover and pp. 38-39.
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