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John Richard Toomey papers

Identifier: Arch 0289

Scope and Contents

The papers of John Richard Toomey, a Lyttelton Harbour Board employee, was in charge of the Timeball Station, includes details of the arrival and departure of ships at Lyttelton Harbour including a manuscript (with a photocopy) concerning Boer/British disputes before the Boer War of 1899-1902 as well as some brief diary entries and other jottings. Also included are photographs (1880s-1981) of Lyttelton Harbour and of ships and wharves.

There are also press clippings, 1899 and 1961, concerning the balloon accident which killed Captain Charles Lorraine on November 2, 1899. The 1899 clipping, the Weekly Press, includes a photograph of John Richard Toomey.

There are no records for the period May 1891 to Dec. 1904 inclusive.


  • 1883-1916



1 Boxes

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Physical Location

Shelf TU E 2e, Tūranga, Tuakiri floor, ANZC Archives

Arch 289-292 in one box

Former identifier

Formerly Ms 95

John Richard Toomey papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Christchurch City Libraries Archives Collection Repository

60 Cathedral Square
Central City
Christchurch Canterbury 8011 New Zealand