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Predicate Object 15 Aug 2001 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001.25.346 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.346 Brent Mackrell Collection 2006-07-07T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T09:25:50.075Z 55 Belgium Centennial Medal (Independence 1830-1930) Alexander Manuel Ferguson, DSO, MC, ED Orders: Belgium Order of Leopold II Alexander Manuel Ferguson was Belgium Consul in Auckland from 1910s, and was followed in this role followed by his son, Lt Col. John Burns Ferguson. During WW1 he played a major role in fundraising efforts for Belgium, and was a member of the Auckland Auckland Provincial Patriotic and War Relief Association. Born in British Guiana and educated in England and Geneva, Alexander Ferguson migrated to New Zealand in 1881. After a short period farming he worked for the Auckland Star and became editor of the New Zealand Graphic. He subsequently worked for the firm of John Burns & Co. and married John Burns' only daughter, Agnes Marshall Burns, known as Nessie, on 9 December 1899. He inherited the role of Belgian Consul from his father in law who held that position from 1898. Alex and Nessie Ferguson lived at Eristone, 3 Corbett-Scott Ave until circa 1925. Alex Ferguson died in 1942. Belgian Centennial Independence Medal (1830-1930) Medal received by Alexander Manuel Ferguson, DSO, MC, ED, Belgian Consul for Auckland from 1910s. octagonal silvered bronze medal, suspension ring attached to crown at top of medal, with ribbon obverse: profiles portraits of Kings Leopold I, Leopold II and Albert I of Belgium, facing left reverse: pattern of oak and laurel leaves with dates superimposed in relief: 1830 / 1930 ribbon: white with narrow stripes of black, yellow and red on edges medal, commemorative
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