Mug, shaving; unknown maker; 1880-1920; MT1993.65.6


Mug, shaving

About this object

Shaving mug. Based on information from the donor we believe this shaving mug originally belonged to Alexander George (Alex) Turner 1866-1958. Alex and his wife Margaret Sarah Ann Turner farmed a 60 acre block of former Maori reserve land at Tuturau which his son Alex Turner (Junior) took over.

Alex (Senior) first visited Mataura in 1882. He work at various jobs starting as a bushman at 13, a horse trader at 15, he later worked as a seaman, farmer, carter, coal miner and road maker. His father Captain Benjamin Turner served in the British Army during the 1857 Indian Mutiny.

When interviewed on his 90th birthday Alex (Senior) recalled the original corduroy roads between Mataura and Invercargill; 'long sections of road were simply logs laid over sodden bush ground'.


unknown maker

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

processed material, ceramic, pottery


h 100mm x w 170mm x d 95mm

Subject and Association Keywords

domestic accessories

Subject and Association Keywords

personal adornment/beauty/hygiene

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

personal effect

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from