Letter, testimonial. ; [?]; 1875; 2011.226


Letter, testimonial.

About this object

Testimonial letter; an illuminated address, given to Captain Charles Hayward, Deputy Harbour Master, Catlins River, Otago by a collective of 'Master Mariners', 1st November 1875.

The body of the letter reads: "Dear Sir, We the undersigned Master Mariners, having heard that a charge of wilful negligence has been made against you, take this opportunity of expressing to you our approval of your conduct and testifying to your care and efficiency in the discharge of your duty. We also hope you may long continue to hold the position you now occupy with the like credit to yourself and satisfaction to the public. We remain dear sir, yours sincerely..."

In 1855 Charles Hayward arrived in Port Chalmers, where he was a lighterman on the Otago Harbour before entering the trade between the small coastal ports of Southern New Zealand. He was Catlins River Harbourmaster, 1871 until his death in 1887. He, a son and one other drowned when the cutter 'Bessie' was wrecked near Long Point.



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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, The Catlins

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper
processed material, paper, cardboard
organic, vegetal, wood
processed material, glass

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten in coloured inks: "To / Capt Charles Hayward / Deputy Harbour Master / Catlins River, OTAGO / ..."


h 675mm x l 540mm x w 55mm

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications, shipping

Subject and Association Keywords

navigation. merchant marine, shipwrecks and fires

Credit Line

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

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