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Mary Anne Barker (later Broome: she published both as 'Lady Barker' and 'Lady Broome') put her considerable talent to work during the 1870s in London journalism (reviewing, reporting, editing) and in miscellaneous writing: stories for children and adults, and books on domestic management and cookery. She had already written letters home from her earliest sojourns abroad. Turning her letters from in New Zealand into a highly successful travel book laid the foundation for the writing for which she is best remembered, vividly describing one far-flung corner after another of the British Empire.
29 May 1831 Mary Anne Stewart (later MAB) was born at Spanish Town in Jamaica, where her father was secretary of the island colony. Bibliographic Citation link.
New Year 1870 MAB published her first book of travel, Station Life in New Zealand (the station being the sheep farm run by her husband and herself). Bibliographic Citation link.
By Christmas 1871 A Christmas Cake: in Four Quarters, published this year, became the best-known of MAB's books for children. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 or 7 March 1911 Mary Anne Broome, formerly Barker, died of heart disease at her home, 42 Eaton Terrace, London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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