Admission to the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace & Garden

2 Hours
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From (USD) $12 Per Adult

Admission to the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace & Garden

2 Hours
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From (USD) $12 Per Adult

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      Admission to the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace & Garden

      Wellington, New Zealand
      From (USD) $12 Per Adult
      • House: The modest Italianate cottage was built by the writer's father in the 1880s. Despite its relatively small size, Katherine Mansfield lived there with her parents, two aunts, maternal grandmother, and two sisters.
      • Collection: Seemingly ordinary personal items like Mansfield's brooch, purse, and tunic provide insight her rebellious personality, which scandalously shirked conventional standards on how a woman was supposed to behave.
      • Heritage garden: Flowers and plant life were important to Mansfield as an artist – she would probably have liked the way her garden looks now, blooming with colorful daisies, foxgloves, geraniums, lilies, and roses.
      About This Wellington Tour

      Katherine Mansfield shared a lot with her friend and fellow female modernist author Virginia Woolf.

      They had differences, of course: Woolf was born into an upper-crust London family, while Mansfield came from a modest home in the more rural town of Wellington. The two authors were hardly friends at first sight – Woolf wrote after meeting Mansfield in 1917 that she "stinks like a ... cat that had taken to street walking ... I'm a little shocked by her commonness."

      But after spending time alone together, the two famous authors realized they shared strong views about the role of women. Both rejected patriarchal Victorian society and believed their gender didn't preclude them from deciding their own fate. Both believed writing to be one of the most important weapons in women's fight for freedom.

      Like the letters that document her relationship with Woolf, Mansfield's clothes, writing tools, and jewelry help us understand her art. The bed she slept in, writing rooms she worked in, and gardens she explored as a child provide context and a more in-depth understanding of New Zealand's most famous writer.

      TMZ would have been all over it

      Celebrities like Britney Spears (55 hours) and Dennis Rodman (9 days) had short marriages, but the scandalously unconventional Katherine Mansfield beat them both. After having multiple female lovers in her home country, she moved to London in 1908. She became pregnant by a family friend, and then married a different man on the morning of March 2, 1909. She'd left him by nightfall.

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