Gong and striker; [?]; 2013.11


Gong and striker

About this object

Gong and striker; small metal gong suspended from circular frame with base. Wooden-handled striker has round ball-shaped striker to make contact with the gong. From the wreck of the S.S. Manuka. This was the dining room dinner gong which was recovered from the shore some time after the wreck.

The wreck of the Manuka was described by A R Tyrell in his book, Catlins Pioneering: "The Manuka, a Union Steamship Company, twin-screw steamer sunk in 1929 after striking a reef below Long Point. After an uncomfortable long night in the lifeboats, 203 passengers and crew landed safely on a nearby beach. From there they had to cross the paddocks to a road from where they were transported to Owaka.

A marine inquiry found that the ship had been south of her supposed position and that the casualty was due to an abnormal westerly set. The captain, officers and crew were praised for their actions after the accident".



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Medium and Materials

processed material, metal
organic, vegetal, wood
organic material, fibre
processed material, paint

Inscription and Marks

text printed onto computer generated paper label glued to the base of the gong surround:
This was the dining room dinner gong from the wreck of the 'Manuka'. It was recovered from the shore some considerable time after the wreck. J.H.Wilson, Papatowai. Donated by: John Wilson, 214 Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown.


h 250mm x d 194mm

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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