Gum Book ; 587


Mangawhai Museum


Gum Book

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Gum Book in good condition. Used in Dan Bowmars store at Mangawai, with entries starting at 1st March 1909 to 14 Dec 1911.
Entries show gum diggers name, address, license number, weight of gum, price per ton, payment total.
Book in excellent condition.

The Bowmar family (Joseph and Selina Bowmar) came to NZ aboard the 'Talbot' 1864. Daniel worked in the gum fields around Northland. He became a general Store Keeper at Kaiwaka, then to Mangawai, Waipu and Ruakaka. The Mangawai store became the head quarters for his business. He hired a large number of staff and had 14 teams of horse's and carts to collect and deliver goods. He bought Kauri gum from over 500 gum diggers in the surrounding areas. This was shipped to Auckland.
Attached to his store in Mangawai was a bakery and butchery. His store was situated on Moirs Street, Mangawai Village, where the present day (2016) Mangawhai Holiday Park is situated. He resided at Waipu from 1914 onwards.


H: 25.5 cm W: 40 cm Depth : 2.5 cm

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