Trowel; Pre 1880; XOPO.51


Ophir Post Office



About this object

Trowel; a small trowel with a diamond-shaped metal handle with a rounded tip, affixed to a roughly turned wooden handle carved with three fine bands towards the end.

This object was used by Henry Blake during the construction of the Daniel O'Connell Bridge. Designed by Vincent County engineer L. D. MacGeorge, the bridge was built to serve the growing mining town of Ophir and to improve communications between Ophir, Omakau, and Alexandra. Construction was completed in 1880. The name ‘Daniel O’Connell Bridge’ reflects the high proportion of Irish migrants in the area. Daniel O'Connell was a famous figure in the fight for Irish political freedom.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Date Made

Pre 1880

Medium and Materials

metal; wood


L: 20.3cm

Credit Line

Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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