Teachers for South Africa: New Zealand women at the South African war concentration camps
In 1902, after winning coveted teaching contacts, twenty New Zealand women travelled to South Africa and were stationed in the concentration camps created by the Anglo-Boer war, charged with the mission of educating and anglicising Boer children displaced by the British 'scorched earth' policy. Fighting with the school-book rather than the sword, the teachers exposed not only their pupils, but themselves, to entirely new ways of life. Drawing on the women's diaries, photographs and letters, this highly-illustrated account follows their journey to South Africa, where they began new lives at the turn of a new century. Ellen Ellis brings together the women's voices and breathes life into an intriguing area of New Zealand women's history previously overlooked.