Observer, Volume 9, Issue 556, 24 August 1889, Page 17
No less than three lady inventors appear in laEt week's Government Gazette; a circumstance unprecedented in the history of the colony. A Miss McLeod of Valley Boad, Auckland, applied for two patents in connection with the treatment of flax. Mrs Aldis's invention of " How to wear the breeches " is not yet gazetted. In proportion to the population, New Zealand beats creation for inventions, artists, musicians, amusements, debts and bankruptcies.