Photograph [Dabinett Home]; [?]; pre 1896; CT80.1221b


Photograph [Dabinett Home]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white photograph of the Dabinett home in the old Owaka township, prior to 1896. A two-storey house with verandah and large front garden. Pictured in the garden is (left to right): Daisy Green (later Pinkerton), George Dabinett, Mary Jane Dabinett and Emily Green (later Loomes). The Dabinetts brought up the Green sisters whose mother died is childbirth with Daisy.

George Dabinett was a versatile pioneer who gave much more to the community than he received. In addition to his shop duties [Dabinett and Young's] he had the ability to set bones, sew-up wounds, and pull teeth - all without the aid of formal anaesthetic.

In 1893 the settlers presented Dabinett with an organ worth 60 pounds in recognition of the first aid that he had given to the injured or sick. When he left the district in 1899 he was given a fine send-off which included a presentation of 100 pounds. He was a keen church worker and before leaving Owaka handed over his organ to the Baptist Church. He must have found Owaka a healthy place, as he went on to celebrate his 100th birthday.

The original photograph has been digitised. A digital image and copy print are available for research access.



Maker Role


Date Made

pre 1896

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on reverse: 'Dabinetts home / prior to 1896 / Old Township...'



Object Type


Subject and Association Keywords

the family, marriage, home

Subject and Association Keywords

building construction, architectural engineering. structural engineering of buildings

Subject and Association Keywords

agriculture, plant culture, gardens and gardening

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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