Memorandum book; Dr Henry Weekes (Circa 1804-1894); 1856-1877; XTS.130.1


Memorandum book

About this object

Memorandum book; a memorandum book containing the sketches and notes of Dr Henry Weekes from 1856 to 1877. The book has a dark purple leather cover with a thin gold border. At the top of the front cover is an attached pencil holder. The pages of the book have gold edges. The images depicted in the book include sketches of the Thames area, Papakura River, Waiuku River, Rangiriri, as well as images of Honolulu, Mt Saint Helens, Columbia River and Montreal. There are also vignettes of various people and activities. The notes relate to places travelled, with dates and longitude and latitude readings recorded. The majority of the notes are in pencil, with several in pen and ink.

Henry Weekes emigrated to New Zealand in 1840, working as the surgeon-superintendent on board the ‘William Bryan’, which arrived in New Plymouth on 30 March 1841. He returned to England the following year, but set forth again for New Zealand in 1945 with his wife accompanying him. The couple remained at Auckland until 1949, when they sold their property and departed for California. Weekes returned to New Zealand, via England, in 1854, serving in the Auckland Militia during the New Zealand wars. Dr Weekes was a prominent identity on the early Thames goldfield, noted as the Health Officer in 1869.

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Dr Henry Weekes (Circa 1804-1894)

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Medium and Materials

paper; leather


W: 8.5cm
L: 11.3cm

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Collection of Thames School of Mines, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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