Memoriam Card 1894; RM543


Memoriam Card 1894

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Card 10x8cm, gold lettering on black, framed. These black cards with their gold lettering were much favoured by bereaved families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This card marked the death of Benjamin Bailey 6th December 1894, Collector of Customs at the Bay of Islands from about 1884 to 16/5/1887, when a separate Office of the Collector of Customs in the Bay of Islands was abolished. This was due to the falling off of the whaling industry i.e. overseas whaling ships, and the decline in overseas shipping in general. The decline was the result of the closure of both the coal and manganese mines, the latter at Tikitikioure and the former at Kawakawa. At this time the Customs Office and Residence was on the Strand next to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, now occupied by the Police Constable. . Mr Bailey came from Buckinghamshire. The card was presented by Mr Bailey's grand-daughter. The framing of the card was the gift of the grand-daughter Mrs EM Stuart's daughter Mrs Marion Brogan. See catalogue for obituary extract. See also RM149 and 93/90.

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Presented by Mrs EM Stuart

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