Medal, Presented to R.D. Story ; Wesney, William; 1916; WY.2007.25.1


Medal, Presented to R.D. Story

About this object

Prior to leaving for the front, Private Robert Douglas Story (Doug) attended an event held in his honour on 13 September 1916 at the Waiarikiki School house. A number of speeches were made and Doug was presented with this Gold Albert badge by his 'Mimihau Friends'.

In 1918, Robert Story Snr died and Doug assumed control of the family station Venlaw upon his return from war. Having been gassed at the Battle of Messines, Doug experienced health difficulties which at times restricted his capabilities to run Venlaw. Fortunately, the family had always collectively owned the property with the oldest son in charge, and this meant that three of Doug’s siblings were around to help him

Colin and Nonny (Noel) cared for the animals, and during periods of labour shortage, did most of the mustering. Colin also did the bookkeeping for the business, and Mary fed the workers.

Following Doug’s death in 1950 Colin took over the management role. In the 1970s, Colin’s sons, Bruce and Tim, took over the property, however, their Aunt Nonny lived to be 97 and maintained a keen interest in the business.

Doug never married. He is buried in the Wyndham Cemetery with his sisters, Nonny and Mary.


Wesney, William

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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Otautau

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, copper alloy


h 50 mm x w 50 mm

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Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

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ceremonial objects

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