However, due to the poor health of her elderly, demanding father (who lived to be 95) she ended up having to balance being a care giver with journalism work. Since she had no other income, she took on a strenuous workload of magazine articles, book reviews and radio talks.
|Ref: 7-A9827, Jane Mander, 1890s, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
One of the librarians of the 1930s, Maud Graham (nee Ballantyne), who knew Mander well, supplied a vivid verbal portrait to Mander's biographer Dorothea Turner: ‘I both liked and admired her. She was ill, angry and unsocial - frustrated, desperate for someone of her own mental calibre. She had no inhibitions. What she felt she expressed. Beautiful clean cut face and head, sharp and full of attack. Like a seagull - her voice too was harsh and complaining. A bird left behind when the flock migrated?’
|Ref: 7-A118854, Jane Mander, 1923, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 7-C1945, items from Jane Mander's collection, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Auckland Libraries has a number of resources written by or about Jane Mander in its heritage collections. You can also browse the resources by theme.
|Ref: A-9830, Jane Mander, c.1930s, Sir George Grey Special Collections|