Author(s): Ellen Ellis
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.