The Story of Suzanne Aubert

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Auckland University Press, 1996 - Maori (New Zealand people) - 464 pages
"Suzanne Aubert grew up in a French provincial family in the mid-nineteenth century. Lyon's Catholic missionary spirit brought her to live with Maori girls in war-anxious 1860s Auckland. She nursed Maori and Pakeha in Hawke's Bay as the settler population swelled in the 1870s. In the 1880s and 1890s, living up the Whanganui River at Jerusalem, she set up New Zealand's home-grown Catholic congregation, published a significant Maori text, broke in a hill farm, manufactured medicines, and gathered babies and children through the family-fracturing years of economic depression. The turn of the century sent her windswept skirts through the streets of the capital. There she would be a constant sign of liking and caring for people 'of all creeds, and none' until she died in 1926. This rich and finely detailed portrait of Suzanne Aubert, the small French nun who strode the streets and roads of New Zealand on behalf of the country's poor and neglected, draws on wide-ranging research in France and Italy as well as New Zealand. It includes much original material from the archives of the congregation she founded, the Sisters of Compassion."--back cover.

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter Two France childhood and family 18351860
21
Chapter Three France women and faith 17891860
33
Chapter Four From France to New Zealand 1860
53
Chapter Five Auckland new mission recruits 18611863
68
Chapter Six Auckland the Nazareth Institute 18631869
82
Chapter Seven From Auckland to Meanee 18691872
105
Chapter Eight Hawkes Bay Maori and Pakeha 18721879
121
Chapter Twelve Hiruharama the children 18911898
208
Chapter Thirteen Wellington the Daughters of Our Lady
232
Chapter Fourteen Wellington Buckle St and Island Bay
255
Chapter Fifteen Wellington the Home of Compassion
275
Chapter Sixteen Wellington and Hiruharama 19041907
288
Chapter Seventeen Wellington the children 19071910
302
Chapter Eighteen Auckland the children 19101912
320
Chapter Nineteen Rome 19131918
339

Chapter Nine From Pakipaki to Hiruharama 18791885
140
Chapter Ten Hiruharama the church 18851889
165
Chapter Eleven Hiruharama the medicines 18901894
188
Chapter Twenty Wellingtonthe hospital 19191926
369
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