Rulers; [?]; early 20th century[?]; CT08.4808



About this object

These three twelve inch rulers were according to the donor part of an order of 25,000 meant for the schools of Otago and Southland. They ended up as wreckage, cast ashore from the Manuka which was wrecked at Long Point in 1929. Most local households had a ruler as a memento of the Manuka.

In the 1970s, the donors like many Owaka residents, visited the Owaka shop of Miss Forsythe and were permitted to rummage through the incredible accumulation of ancient magazines and general odds and ends behind the counter.

To their surprise, buried deep in the hoard, a small bundle of wooden rulers was uncovered. When questioned, Miss Forsythe unhesitatingly declared them to be from the shipwreck of the Manuka and that no-one had shown any interest in them after some had initially been sold to school children. The donors had heard something of the Manuka rulers so purchased the whole bundle. The provenance associated with these rulers is yet to be authenticated.



Date Made

early 20th century[?]

Place Made


Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, wood.


l 307mm x w 76mm (each)

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications, shipping

Credit Line

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

Object Type


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