Trophy, Jug, Teapot & Bowl; Angell, George; 1856; RI.W2009.3031

Name/Title

Trophy, Jug, Teapot & Bowl

About this object

The 1856-57, Port Phillip Farmers’ Society was very prosperous for brothers James and Murdoch Macintosh. This series of awards appear to have been manufactured as a prize for multiple awards won by the pair. The jug was won for First Prize Gelding; two-year-old filly, two-year-old colt, one-year-old filly, one-year-old colt, two-year-old bull and a sample of onions. The teapot won for Second Best Managed Farm containing 200 acres of cultivated land and the bowl was won for; second two-year colt, one-year colt, Brunswick ploughing match, second best team at work in the field, bull & ploughing match, second best team at work in the field.

James Macintosh:

James Macintosh immigrated from Scotland to Australia with his parents in 1840. With his brother Murdoch, he did well in farming, raising Clydesdales and entered political life. Drawn by the prospect of gold and good pastoral land, James immigrated to New Zealand in the 1860s. Establishing a farm, ‘Monamore’, in the Otautau region, he became a prominent figure in the early Wallace District. Described as a man of ‘good-will’ and ‘glad-hand-welcome’ he founded the Farmers’ Club which eventually became the Wallace County Council, the Southland Education Board, the Southland Frozen Meat Board and many more. Also an advocate for maintaining Scottish culture in New Zealand, he championed the Presbyterian Church, the Gaelic Society and always attended Caledonian society events in his kilt.

Poor management and the depression of the 1870s, resulted in James becoming bankrupt. His generosity toward his employees contributed to his downfall but helped many families onto their own farms in the Otautau region. As the M.P for Wallace, he continued to help people onto land by introducing the State Advances to Settlers Act which created a low interest rate for those wanting to settle their own land.

In 1896, Michael Gilfedder J.P defeated James in the election for the Wallace seat. He had struggled with illness and bad luck for a long time and this final straw resulted in a rapid downhill turn for James. Remembered by his community as a ‘strewed and enterprising’ man whose activities resulted in great benefit to the district, James died of ‘Melancholia’ at Seacliff Hospital in 1897.

Maker

Angell, George

Maker Role

Silversmith

Date Made

1856

Period

1850s

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, metal.

Measurements

Jug: h 180 mm x w 95 mm x d 160 mm

Teapot: h 240 mm x w 240 mm x d 150 mm

Bowl: h 140 mm x w 200 mm x d 120 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Subject and Association Keywords

Sport and Leisure

Object Type

awards

Object number

RI.W2009.3031

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