Logbook; The Log of G M Hassing; Hassing, George Magnus; 2010.817


Logbook; The Log of G M Hassing

About this object

Photocopy, 'The Log of G M Hassing', a compilation of graphic accounts of personal experiences written by G M Hassing.

George Magnus Hassing lived nearly 70 years in New Zealand and died at Riverton on Christmas Day, 1928 in his 92nd year. At the age of 15 he left his home town, Copenhagen, to go to sea. After travelling the world, he joined a ship sailing for New Zealand in 1858.

On learning of the opportunities to be had in New Zealand, he and two fellow crewmen jumped ship in Lyttleton. From there he describes in detail his encounters and adventures in many parts of the South Island, which include many years of gold mining. When he lost his stake in a gold claim in Cardrona in the flood of 1878, he made application to the Southland Education Board for the position of teacher at the Cardrona school. He was successful in obtaining the appointment and remained a teacher for 42 years.


Hassing, George Magnus

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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand

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processed material, paper;



Subject and Association Keywords

geography, history of discoveries, explorations, and travel

Subject and Association Keywords

mining engineering. metallurgy, mineral deposits. metallic ore deposits. prospecting

Subject and Association Keywords

history of Oceania, New Zealand, local history and description

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

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