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Chair made by Albert MacKenzie for president of Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union, 1913

Object type
Chairs

Object number
2010.0009.0001

Description
A dark brown wooden chair with a presentation plaque fixed to upper back. Engraved text on plaque reads: 'P.W.M.U. PRESIDENT'S CHAIR / THIS CHAIR WAS MADE BY AN ABORIGINAL BOY / - ALBERT MACKENZIE AGED 15 YEARS AT WEIPA / MISSION STATION AND PRESENTED AT THE MISSIONARY / OFFERING SERVICE IN ST ANDREWS CHURCH ON THE 6TH AUG 1913. / (NO NAILS USED IN PUTTING THE CHAIR TOGETHER)'.

A plaque with the following inscription is on the back rest of the chair:

P.W.M.U. President's Chair

This chair was made by an Aboriginal boy - ALBERT MACKENZIE aged 15 years at WEIPA MISSION STATION and presented at the Missionary Offering Service in St Andrews Church on the 6th Aug 1913.

(No nails used in putting the chair together).

Collection name
Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union of Queensland

Collection statement of significance
The Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union of Queensland Collection no.2 consists of a wooden chair made by a 15 year old Aboriginal boy, Albert Mackenzie from Weipa mission station, in 1913. The chair was original made with no nails and presented to the President of the PWMU. It is in excellent condition.

The PWMU raised substantial funds for Aboriginal mission stations and sent Christmas boxes with clothes, books and food every year.

Aboriginal boys were taught skills such as woodwork and trained to work in the cattle industry. The chair was exhibited at the Brisbane Exhibition in 1913 as an example of how the missions were training Aboriginal people to be productive and industrious.

Materials
Wood, Metal - non specific

Dimensions
Width: 635mm
Height: 990mm
Depth: 530mm



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