Desk, portable writing; 1912; CT77.43


Desk, portable writing

About this object

Portable writing desk; a varnished, rosewood writing desk, presented to James Christie by the Catlins Tahakopa Railway Sub-League, in appreciation of service rendered, October 1912.

The portable desk opens out to a sloped writing surface, covered with black leather. At the top of the slope are several small compartments for pens, ink and such, beneath which are three hidden drawers, covered with a spring-loaded board.

James Christie lived at Puketiro and became the first County Councillor in 1915, of Maclennan Riding in the Clutha County Council.

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood, rosewood
processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on lid: "Presented to / JAMES CHRISTIE / by the / Catlins Tahakopa Railway Sub-League / in appreciation of services rendered / 11th October 1912"


h 170mm x l 450mm x w 245mm

Subject and Association Keywords

railroad engineering and operation, local and light railways

Credit Line

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

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