Photograph, Untitled [George Fyffe]; XFH.52


Fyffe House


Photograph, Untitled [George Fyffe]

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Photograph, Untitled [George Fyffe]; a black and white copy of a photograph of George Fyffe.

George Fyffe, who had been a law student in Edinburgh, came out to New Zealand in 1853 to join his cousin Robert Fyffe in Kaikoura. Robert Fyffe had established the first shore-based whaling station there, the Waiopuka station. Sadly, he passed away the following year when his vessel capsized on route to Wellington with a cargo of whale oil. George Fyffe purchased the whaling equipment and the 'the right to whale' from his cousin's estate. However, by this time whales had been largely fished out and George's main activity was sheep farming. George appears to have lived mainly at Fyffe House, which he expanded during the late 1850s and early 1860s.

For more information about Fyffe House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

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15.5 x 10.5cm

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Collection of Fyffe House, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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