Table [Meteorological readings]; Alexander Don (1857-1934); 1930; XOPO.447


Table [Meteorological readings]

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Table; a handwritten table on the inside of an envelope, which contains meteorological equipment readings dated from May 19 to October 12 1930. These are written in the hand of Alexander Don, who acted as Ophir's weather recorder on behalf of the Meteorological Service until his death in 1934. The envelope is pre-printed for N.Z. Government Railways, Head Office, Wellington, and has a red New Zealand Railways seal. The address is typewritten to Rev. A. Don / Ophir / Central Otago.

Alexander Don was a Presbyterian minister and missionary, well known for his work with the Chinese gold miners of Central Otago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Don retired to Ophir in 1923 where he kept meteorological records on behalf of the Met Office. This role was taken over by the postmistress on his death in 1934. Don's observations were taken in his garden at The Bungalow, just down the road from the Ophir Post Office.

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Alexander Don (1857-1934)

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20.5 x 22.7cm

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Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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