Black and white studio portrait photograph of Mary Ann Hardman.

Adjustable Relationships: marriage, divorce and bigamy on the goldfields.

Mary Ann Hardman (maiden name) who married three times [Lakes District Museum, EP2987].

Julia Bradshaw (Canterbury Museum) explores the fluid definition of marriage between the New Zealand goldrushes with some colourful examples.

26 May 2024

02:00pm - 03:00pm


Kate Sheppard House

83 Clyde Road
Christchurch 8041

+64 3 341 1360

The movement of people between goldrushes provided an opportunity for people to reinvent themselves. This talk explores the fluid definition of marriage at the time and provides some colourful examples.

Julia Bradshaw is currently Senior Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum and has a background in South Island social history with a special interest in New Zealand’s gold-rushes and the experiences of women.


Door sales may be available if not sold out prior. Booking is recommended.

Doors open 15 minutes prior to event.