Waistcoat, Theophilus Daniel; Unknown maker; 1870-1890; RI.CL94.13
Waistcoat, Theophilus DanielAbout this object
This fawn waistcoat belonged to Theophilus Daniel who played a prominent role in the European settlement of Western Southland. Originally from Sussex, as a young man Theophilus farmed in New South Wales before meeting Captain Howell in Wellington and being encouraged to settle in Murihuku. After a stint whaling, he started farming and established a drapery store in Riverton.
He also played an active role in local and national politics; representing Riverton in both the Southland and Otago Provincial Councils. In 1876 on the abolition of the Provincial Councils he was elected to represent Wallace in the House of Representatives (Parliament). In that role he advocated for the extension of the railway into Western Southland and for maritime safety. He also served several terms as Riverton’s mayor. He acquired considerable property in the Riverton district and was a successful farmer.
organic, processed material, vegetal, cotton
inorganic, processed material, metal (buttons and buckle)
h 615 mm x w 500 mm x d 50 mm