More on the Lizzie Bell
In the Social History Collection of Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki is an interesting item with provenance pertaining to our last story about the Lizzie Bell.
A carved walking stick (pictured) with paua shell inserts, is said to have been carved by William John Dickson of Pihama from timber recovered from the wreck of the Lizzie Bell. It was given to his daughter Doreen after his wife Hannah died in 1962.
Doreen Poole donated the walking stick to Puke Ariki, who in turn offered it to Aotea Utanganui, as it has more relevance to South Taranaki. This is the first acquisition for this year, and so has been given the accession number of 2013.001.
Luana Paamu, Collections Assistant