Kōrero: Lesbian lives

Relationships: Household of three (2 o 2)

Relationships: Household of three

Amy Large and Bessie Spencer were friends and companions for over 65 years. The pair met at school and lived together as working women. Large married family friend Frank Hutchinson in 1907, and Spencer (right) lived with the Hutchinsons on a farm in Hawke's Bay. The three are pictured together around 1912. Frank Hutchinson died in 1940 and the two women continued to live together. Spencer is best remembered as the founder of the Country Women's Institute. It is not known whether the women's relationship was sexual, but they were lifelong companions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Howard Barraclough Fell Collection (PAColl-5355)
Reference: PAColl-5355-01

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Alison J. Laurie, 'Lesbian lives - Early relationships and networks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/30273/relationships-household-of-three (accessed 25 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Alison J. Laurie, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Aug 2018