Timaru beach, showing the wreck of the ship Elginshire, and a man in a horse-drawn cart in the foreground, 1900

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    Photographer: David De Maus
    Timaru beach, showing the wreck of the ship Elginshire, and a man in a horse-drawn cart in the foreground, 1900
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    Reference No. 1/2-014390-G
    De Maus Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

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    1. gb_packards Thank you for the 1 million views! 61 months ago | reply

      Otago Witness Thursday 1st September 1892
      Timaru 24 August.
      A man named George Durham, clerk to the Port Salvage Company, who had been on board the stranded steamer Elginshire, was found dead on the 'tween-deck in the after-hold of the steamer about 6.30 this evening. The men on board missed Durham at 12:10, but concluded that he had gone ashore. Durham was a married man. His wife and children reside at Mansford Bay. He was secretary to the Port Chalmers School Committee and agent for the Port Chalmers Building Society. The jury found an open verdict. The deceased was strangled by the bight of a rope over the beam, his feet being a few inches from the deck. Nothing is known to suggest suicide, and he might have tripped off a loose pipe-head into the bight. It is surmised that, walking along the deck, he stepped on the ventilator tube; that this rolled under him, and he fell forward, his head going into the bight of the rope.
      Thank you for posting this.

    2. National Library NZ on The Commons 61 months ago | reply

      Thank *you* for adding that fascinating story, gb_packards

      -- Courtney

    3. swordscookie 27 months ago | reply

      And he might have been murdered??? A mystery that will never be solved?

    4. mandarininn 18 months ago | reply

      I have unforgettable time that learnt Chinese in language school shanghai( www.mandarininn.cn/ ), like the meeting of the seagulls and the waves we meet and come near.
      The seagulls fly off, the waves roll away and we depart.

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