Photographic print [Lick Telescope, near San Jose, California]; XOPO.453


Photographic print [Lick Telescope, near San Jose, California]

About this object

Photographic print; a clipping from another publication, pasted onto a cardboard backing which appears to be cabinet photograph size. The print is in black and white and is entitled 'No. 112. Eye Piece, Lick Telescope near San Jose, Cal.'. A large telescope is shown. On the reverse is the dedication 'To Rev. Alexander Don, / From his friend / Fung Chak[?]', with five Chinese characters which have been identified as the name Fung Wut Chyun and 'respectfully' and 'to give or to present'.

Alexander Don was a Presbyterian minister and missionary, well known for his work with the Chinese gold miners of Central Otago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the course of his summer preaching tours he would cover thousands of miles on foot in order to engage with the miners. His writings of this period and surviving diaries, papers, and photographs form a valuable record of the New Zealand Chinese at this time.

Don retired to Ophir in 1923 where he kept meteorological records on behalf of the Met Office. This role was taken over by the postmistress on his death in 1934.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials

paper; cardboard


21.6 x 13.2cm

Credit Line

Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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