- Authors’ Presentation Inscriptions (N.Z.) 2
James Barr. The old identities: being sketches and reminiscences during the first decade of the province of Otago, N.Z. Dunedin: Mills, Dick & Co., 1879.
copy of James Barr’s chronicle of early Otago The old identities contains the author’s presentation inscription
to James Macandrew (1820-1887), dated 1879.
Barr (1820-1885) was born in Glasgow but emigrated to Otago in 1849, setting up
business as a merchant and accountant. An ardent provincialist, he supported
Macandrew in the 1876 campaign against the abolition of the provincial system
of government by the General Assembly.
an appraisal of a fast-vanishing past, The
old identities features Macandrew prominently in his role as Superintendent
of the Province of Otago. At the time of Barr’s gift inscription, Macandrew’s
tenure as Minister of Public Works in Sir George Grey’s ministry had recently
words of A.H. McLintock, Barr “is enthusiastic, or almost so, of Macandrew and
his myriad schemes.” Today, Macandrew’s statuette looks across the busy road
outside Toitu Otago Settlers’ Museum.
John Logan Campbell. Poenamo: sketches of the early days of New Zealand: romance and reality of antipodean life in the infancy of a new colony. London: Williams and Norgate, 1881.
Edinburgh, John Logan Campbell (1817-1912) was a prominent public figure
described by his contemporaries as ‘the father of Auckland.’ He became Superintendent
of Auckland Province in 1855 and Mayor of Auckland in 1901. He was knighted in
copy of the limited, specially illustrated edition of Campbell’s pioneer
reminiscences Poenamo bears his
autograph inscription to Lord Carrington, dated February 1890.
Carrington would seem to be Charles Robert Carrington (1843-1928), British
Liberal politician and Governor of New South Wales from 1885 to 1890.
Thomas Morland Hocken. Contributions to the early history of New Zealand (Settlement of Otago). London: Sampson Low, Marston and Co., 1898.
copy of Dr Hocken’s Early history of New
Zealand bears the author’s presentation inscription to Dr Alfred Eccles
(1821-1904). Eccles emigrated from England in 1861 and was the first Fellow of
the Royal College of Surgeons to practice in Otago. A prominent figure, he was
a chief promoter of the building of First Church, and involved in the origins
of the Otago Medical School, Otago Institute, the 1865 New Zealand Exhibition,
and Otago Museum.
Hocken (1836-1910), medical practitioner and pre-eminent collector, was (like
Eccles) a founding member of the Otago Institute, a society for the
encouragement of science and the arts. Three times president, Hocken remained
on the executive board for 36 years. It was perhaps with these memories in mind
that Hocken inscribed this gift to Eccles, six months prior to the latter’s
book was donated to the Library in 1932 by Dr Eccles’ son, Dunedin historian
Alfred Eccles (1880-1951).