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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, U024A.2, W1533 2013-08-12T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T23:28:45.410Z 65 NZ Coastguard Artillery Volunteers uniform, circa 1898 Belonged to William Joseph Napier (1857-1925) NZ Coast Guard Artillery Volunteers [1898-…] “He was a battery commander at North Head and Mount Victoria and later formed a coastguard company consisting of 100 men in 1898 [the Devonport Coastguard Artillery Volunteers].." Cyclopedia of New Zealand Vol. 2, p163-164: "The garrison artillery corps known as the Devonport Coast Guard Artillery Volunteers was raised in 1898 by Captain Napier, MHR. The Company consists of one hundred officers and men, and is located at Devonport, the marine suburb of Auckland, where the forts are situated. Fort Takapuna is in the charge of Captain Napier as Battery Commander. Fort Victoria, a new fort has also been entrusted to a detachment from the company. The gunners drill the big guns once a week, and have already attained a high state of efficiency. Through the energy of its commander, the corps possesses its own rifle range and a suite of orderly rooms and barracks at Devonport, as well as a parade ground, which is brilliantly illuminated on drill nights with a number of powerful incandescent gas lamps. The company not only practises but also frequently engages in practise with Nordenfelt quick fires of long range." Universal Home Pattern Helmet, New Zealand Coastguard Artillery Volunteers, circa 1898 Belonged to Captain William Joseph Napier [1857-1925], Devonport Coastguard Artillery Volunteers cork ; khaki cloth covered helmet with detachable gilded metal ball in leaf cup on crown; peaks, front and back; curb chain chin strap with [patent] leather backing; rose boss fastenings on sides; fine leather head band attached to red cotton cloth lining with drawstring helmet plate badge: a large gilt metal Artillery badge: the Royal Arms with gun below; initials “NZ” above the gun and “COAST GUARD ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS” below markings: maker’s label inside crown printed in gold on red morocco leather: HOBSON & SONS / 1, 3 & 5 LEXINGTON ST., GOLDEN SQUARE / LONDON W” marked on sweatband: CAPT. NAPIER helmet
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