A98_576.jpg Jar, Biscuit (about 1903). Collection of Puke Ariki (A98.576).

What better way to mark an historic occasion than to issue a commemorative tea set? This fancy biscuit jar is part of a matching tea set produced to mark the founding of the Inglewood Borough Council in 1903. The council was swallowed up by local body amalgamation in 1989.

The tea set, which features a black and white transfer print of a steam train passing through Inglewood, holds plenty of interest in a town with a notable railway heritage. Inglewood’s railway station, New Zealand’s oldest on its original site, was recognised as a Category One Historic Place in September 2009.

This particular tea set is thought to have been purchased from a Waimate woman in 1960 by the Inglewood Borough Council. 

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