Mayoral Chains; Thomas Fattorini Ltd; 1928


Mayoral Chains

About this object

This is the mayoral chain of the Bluff Borough Council.

About the chain:

Birmingham jewellery company Thomas Fattorini Ltd manufactured the Bluff Borough mayoral chain in 1928. At this time, the previous mayors of both the Campbelltown and Bluff Borough Councils were retrospectively engraved into the shields which make up the chain. In 1928, J Terrance was mayor and from him onwards the names of Bluff mayors have continued to be engraved into the shields until 1983. The last engraving is of B W Pagan who was the mayor of Bluff from 1983 until the Borough merged with the Invercargill City Council in 1989.

A Brief History of the Bluff Borough Council:

Unitl 1917, Bluff was known as Campbelltown. JT Thomson surveyed the town in 1856 and named it Bluff, however, Provincial Superintendent Captain Cargill ordered that the town be named Campbelltown after the New Zealand governor’s wife who was a Campbell. The Campbelltown Borough Council was formed in 1878, shortly after the establishment of the Bluff Harbour Board. G.W. Nichol served as mayor from 1878-1880.

In 1917, the name Bluff was officially adopted as the town names and therefore the Borough Council became known as the Bluff Borough Council.

New Zealand Prime Minister Joseph Ward served as mayor from 1882-1886 and 1898-1899.


Thomas Fattorini Ltd

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, Birmingham

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, silver metal
organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper, card
inorganic, processed materials, plastic
organic, processed materials, textiles, velvet
organic, processed materials, textiles, silk (?)

Inscription and Marks

In white silk material top inside of the box: "ESTABLISHED OVER 125 YEARS


Chain: h 235 mm x w 370 mm x d 50 mm note taken when in box.
Box: h 40 mm x w 410 mm x d 280 mm note taken when box is closed and h = measurement from table to top of box.

Subject and Association Keywords

Government (National and Local Politics)

Object Type

ceremonial objects


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