Gallipoli image in safe hands

SIENA YATES
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2012
The Man With The Donkey
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TREASURED HISTORY: Mayor Julie Hardaker, left, and Waikato Museum collections manager Darryl Pike with the original glass slide for The Man With The Donkey, which will now be cared for at the museum.

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A famous and fragile image from New Zealand history is now in the safekeeping of Waikato Museum.

Following the naming of Sapper Moore-Jones Place in Hamilton last week, the Gallipoli soldier and artist's grand-daughter gifted the very delicate original glass slide which was the basis for his famous painting, The Man With The Donkey.

Cherry Barnaby gifted it to the Theatre of the Impossible (TOTI) Trust, which passed it on to the museum.

Former Hamilton mayor and trust member Margaret Evans said the plate would be part of Anzac commemorations in the coming years.

"We've also been talking about doing a major exhibition focusing on similar characters like Sapper Moore-Jones, who are hugely important locally," she said.

"It's a lovely tapestry of the past."

A national exhibition following the travels of Moore-Jones himself has been considered and the trust has ambitions of taking the exhibition back to Gallipoli.

The watercolour depicts a wounded Anzac being taken back to the beach on a donkey.

Mayor Julie Hardaker said the city had been given a great gift and a way to recognise its past heroes.

"The family of Sapper Moore-Jones . . . retrieved this incredibly fragile original image from their family treasures and have given it to the city.

"It is a treasure, we call it our taonga."

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- Waikato Times

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