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Collection Sutherland
Date 1880
Description Albatross skull. The albatross died on the Edwin Fox during the 1880 voyage to Lyttelton. The donor, Rosemary Sutherland, is a descendant of Frederick Hunt.

A note with the skull is as follows:
"Voyage of the "Edwin Fox" 1880.

My grandfather, Frederick Knight Hunt arrived with his parents and family on the "Edwin Fox from London to Port Lyttelton arriving on 3 May 1880. His father (my great grandfather) was Dr. Frederick Everard Hunt who was the ship's doctor during the voyage.

At some stage during the voyage, an albatross followed the ship, landed on the ship and died. Whether its death was due to exhaustion or illness is not known.

Dr. Hunt acquired the skull and beak of this albatross which has been in the Hunt family ever since.

Following the death of my grandfather, the skull and beak passed to my aunt in Australia and following her death was inherited by my cousin.

In speaking with my cousin a few months ago, she kindly offered to gift to the Society the remains of the albatross.

I trust the albatross may be of some historic interest to the Society and the visiting public.

The donor is Ms Rosemary Sutherland, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.

Signed: Selwyn Biggs, 29 Tyrian Close, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 1706, dated: 1 November 2004."
Object ID EFS2004.001.0001
Object Name Bone, Bird
People Hunt, Frederick Knight
Hunt, Frederick Everard
Hunt, F. Knight (senior)
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