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medal, miniature

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  • Other titles
    • French Legion of Honour (5th Class) (descriptive name)
    • Captain George S Hewett [Royal Navy] (associated name)
    • Legion d'Honneur (Chevalier) (French)
  • Description
    French Legion of Honour (5th Class) miniature
    Part of miniature medal set of Captain George S Hewett
    silver medal; blue ribbon with two narrow red stripes at centre
  • Other Number
    TD:391, 2007.80.2.8
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    7 September 2007
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medal, miniature, 2007.80.2.8, TD:391, Photographed by Ben Abdale-Weir, digital, 12 Apr 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2007.80.2.8
  • Notes
    French Legion of Honour - part of miniature medal set of Captain George S Hewett, Her Majesty's Indian Naval Service and Royal Navy

    Captain Hewett belonged to the British Navy [Her Majesty’s Indian Naval Service], serving pre-WW1 in India, Burma and Africa, and had some association with the East India Company.

    Captain Hewett belonged to the British Navy [Her Majesty’s Indian Naval Service], serving in India and Burma and had some association with the East India Company. He served during the ‘Third Burma War’ which arose because of the threatened interference by the King of Burma in the timber trade of the Bombay-Burma Trading Company, and resulted in the occupation of Mandalay and the deposition of King Thibaw.

    His son Mr Neil Hewett, who died in 1998, migrated to New Zealand with his family following his retirement from the Bombay-Burma Trading Corporation, circa 1950. He went first to Australia, but before long decided that he preferred New Zealand. He came initially to Auckland and later lived at Tauranga, then Rotorua and finally at Puketapu in the Hawke’s Bay. During the 1950s he was New Zealand’s representative on Unicef [for East Africa].

    Mr Hewett previously donated several Burmese wooden carvings ‘collected’ by his father to the Auckland Museum [see below : ethnology collections]. They relate to his military service in Burma, in particular the seated wooden figure was from King Thibaw’s royal barge, and received by Captain Hewett at the time of King Thibaw’s surrender to the British troops. Family tradition also has it that Captain Hewett received the surrender sword from King Thebaw.
  • Person
  • Place
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  • Culture
  • Production
    Post 1870
  • Consists of
    • 0 - Whole › silver
      silver and enamel
    • 0 - Whole › enamel
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - medal diameter : 20mm
      (medal diameter: 20mm ribbon hxw: 23mm x 15mm total length: 54mm)
    • .2 - ribbon width : 15mm
  • Classification
  • Classification Documents
    Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
    A Revised and Expanded Version of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects. (Other Title)
    Robert Chenhall
    Nashville/Tennessee/USA  (Place of Publication)  (nomenclature)
  • Record created
    15 November 2007

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