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  • Other titles
    Ancient Order of Foresters (associated name)
  • Description
    description: dark brown varnished wooden gavel with metal shield attached to top.
    markings: Shield reads "Presented to / COURT / MATAMATA / by Cr. No. 9868 / 25.1.36". "STGSIL" beneath.
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gavel, 1991.314.6, Photographed by Jennifer Carol, digital, 30 Aug 2016, Cultural Permissions Apply
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.314.6
  • Notes
    The Ancient Order of Foresters with its motto Unity, Benevolence and Concord, began in England in the mid-eighteenth century. By the time the first New Zealand branch opened in 1852 it was an established friendly society, providing sickness and death benefits to its members and having a particular concern for widows and orphans. From 1909 their activities were governed by the Friendly Societies Act, which required the compulsory registration of all such societies. The first Auckland Court opened in 1863, and membership reached a peak in the mid 1930s. Since then membership has declined as many of the benevolent functions were taken over by the state.
  • Place
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    25 January 1936
    25 January 1936
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    not researched (maker)
    not researched
    20th century
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  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 180mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 71mm
    • length x width x depth (l x w x d) : 40mm
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 08 Communication Artifacts (Category)
    › Ceremonial Artifacts (Classification)
    › Organisational Objects (Sub-classification)
    › Gavel (Primary Term)
  • Record created
    8 July 2016

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