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One wooden cabin trunk marked, "Jane Dundas, ship Edwin Fox, Plymouth. An article in The Marlborough Express dated 10 July 1991 has: "SEA CHEST BELONGED TO EDWIN FOX PASSENGER. Edwin Fox Society historian and researcher, Ngaire Stace with the original sea chest that accompanied Englishwoman Jane Dunbar (sic) on her voyage to New Zealand on board the Edwin Fox. A sea chest that accompanied a young woman from England to New Zealand on board the Edwin Fox, has been found in Richmond. The chest, belonging to 26 year-old Jane Dunbar, housed her possessions when she sailed from Durham to Nelson in 1878. Miss Dunbar came to New Zealand as a servant, later marrying and moving to live in Greymouth. The sea chest has remained with Miss Dunbar's descendants and for a number of years has served as a storage bin for wheat. A member of the Edwin Fox Society, Mike Sextus, said the significance of the chest was not realised until family members Ross and Josephine Barnes dusted off the top, uncovering the inscription, Jane Dunbar, Edwin Fox. [Jane Dundas, ship Edwin Fox, Plymouth, see image 2] He described the finding of the trunk as 'a real treasure'. It is one of the few original, intact pieces of furniture the society has that have been a part of the ship's passenger voyages. The chest is now on permanent loan to the society and will become a part of the immigrant display in the musuem".
Trunk -Edwin Fox Society Collection of Objects and Photographs -Copyright Edwin Fox Society Inc
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EFSL1991.001.0001

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