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Glenbuchat Heritage

8 Menus on board the RMS Rangitane
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8 Menus on board the RMS Rangitane

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Menus on board the RMS Rangitane

Included in the G F Rose Album were a selection of menus and cards from the voyage to New Zealand.

The picture above shows:

1. Front of a programme card for a ‘Race Meeting’ on Friday 11th November 1932.
2. Inside of the Race Meeting card with the races connected with the rose’s starred
3. Outside of the Final Dinner Menu on Tuesday 22nd November 1932 signed in the top left corner by G F Rose.
4 Inside of the Final Dinner Menu showing the menu itself along with the signatures of other guests (see below)

Race Nights are games played to simulate horse race meetings. Horses were randomly moved either on a table or on the floor and bets placed on the winning horses. As can be seen the races, horses and jockeys were named after guests and places visited on the cruise. Now a days the races are screened from DVD’s

Some of the signatures on the menu above refer to some other illustrious guests:

Edward Theodore Salvesen (Wikipaedia)
The son of Christian Frederik Salvesen (1827–1911), the Norwegian born founder of the Christian Salvesen shipping line of Leith, Salvesen was educated at Edinburgh University and called to the Scottish Bar in 1880, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1899. He was unsuccessful Liberal Unionist parliamentary candidate for Leith Burghs in 1900 and for Bute in 1905.

He was appointed Sheriff of Roxburghshire, Berwickshire and Selkirkshire in November 1901, serving as such until early 1905. He held office of Solicitor General for Scotland from February–October 1905. In late 1905 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Session, a post he held until 1922. He was appointed a Privy Council in 1922 and was also a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

He was the Lord Rector's Assessor on the Courts of Edinburgh University from 1929–33, President of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Chairman of the Royal Scots Association, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society from 1920–26. He was a Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and Order of St. Olav of Norway

Stewart, William Downie 1878–1949
Mary Downie Stewart

Lawyer, politician, writer

William Downie Stewart was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 29 July 1878, the fifth child of the lawyer and MHR William Downie Stewart and his wife, Rachel Hepburn, daughter of George Hepburn, an early merchant, politician and elder of Knox Church. His mother died within months of his birth and his father remarried in 1881.

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.

Downie Stewart was Finance Minister in 1931–1933. He resigned after the devaluation of the New Zealand currency, a measure he opposed. Downie Stewart stood in the 1935 general election as an Independent United-Reform Coalition candidate, losing to Labour's Dr Gervan McMillan.

On his retirement he recommenced his writing career. He had edited the Journal of George Hepburn for publication in 1934, and the success of this volume encouraged him to write about men such as Sir Francis H. D. Bell, William Rolleston and Sir Joshua Strange Williams. He produced Mr Justice Richmond and the Taranaki War of 1860 and a brief history of the Dunedin Club.

While Stewart's career flourished his health deteriorated. By 1925 he was confined to a wheelchair. He had never married, and was supported and cared for throughout his career by his sister, Mary Downie Stewart.

Sir Harold Beauchamp (15 November 1858 – 5 October 1938) (wikipaedia)
He was a New Zealand banker, and is remembered as the father of author Katherine Mansfield.

Born in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on 15 November 1858 to Arthur Beauchamp and Mary Elizabeth Stanley, the family moved to Nelson in 1861 and then Picton. His father successfully contested the 1866 election for the Picton electorate but resigned in 1867, sold up and moved to isolated Beatrix Bay in Pelorus Sound.[

After they moved to Wanganui in 1869, Harold attended Wanganui Collegiate School and left at 14 to work for his father's general merchant and auctioneering business. He moved to Wellington and did well in business. He married Annie Burnell Dyer, daughter of Margaret Isabella Mansfield and the late Joseph Dyer; his mother-in-law moved in with him. The first family home where Kathleen Mansfield was born was in Thorndon;in 1893 they moved to a larger home, Chesney Wold, in Karori. He became a partner of the business in 1889, and a member of the Wellington Harbour Board in 1895. A personal friend of Richard Seddon, he was appointed to the board of the Bank of New Zealand in 1898, rising to chairman and remaining on the board until 1936.

As a member of the 1901 Royal Commission on Federation he advised against New Zealand joining the Australian federation. Between 1903 and 1906 Beauchamp's three daughters attended Queen's College, London; when he returned to London to collect them, he attended the Sixth Congress of Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire and was received by King Edward VII.

After their return, Beauchamp's personal life took several turns for the worse. His father Arthur died in Nelson in 1910. His only son Leslie was killed in the war in October 1915. His mother Mary died in 1917. His wife Annie's health deteriorated and she died on 8 August 1918. He became estranged from his daughter Kathleen, who returned to Europe to find fame as Katherine Mansfield, but whose writings did not paint him in an overly favourable light.

Beauchamp was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 1923 New Year Honours. In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.

In his later years, he travelled frequently between London and Wellington and his reports of the trading outlook for New Zealand's primary exports widely reported.

He died in Wellington, on 5 October 1938. He left substantial gifts to the National Art Gallery.

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