An important historical 'Captian Cook' commemorative carved wood and horn batonby Edward Haynes (1828-1927)
Lot 412
An important historical 'Captian Cook' commemorative carved wood and horn batonby Edward Haynes (1828-1927)
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An important historical 'Captian Cook' commemorative carved wood and horn baton
by Edward Haynes (1828-1927)
of tapering form, part wood, possibly myall and part horn, the bottom horn section with relief carving depicting the arrival of Captain Cook at Botany Bay, titled 'BOTANY BAY ANNO 1770', above this is an elaborately carved section which depicts native Australian animals including kangaroos, snakes, wild dogs and crocodiles, the next section depicts the death of Captain Cook in the Sandwich Islands in Karacocooa Bay - Owhyhe, titled ' OWHYHEE ANNO 1779', the final section depicts native plants and birds below one empty cartouche and one rope cartouche with an eagle taking a turtle, the entire baton is joined by an interwoven scrolling vine, signed 'E. HAYNES' to the lowest wood section, mounted on a contemporary cedar stand, 50cm long


  • Edward Haynes (1828-1927) was widely know in New England where he worked as a shepherd and amateur wood carver. Born in Cork (Ireland) on March 1, 1828, he set out for Australia in 1848 on board the Eden. Upon arriving in Australia he moved to New England where he remained until his death in Armidale at the age of 99. He lived at a property on Boorolong Station, Uralla, NSW and is known to have carved a fire surround from tallowwood that remains in place at Salisbury Court, home to the Croft family. It was carved in 1901 as a wedding present for Sir Hugh Croft who managed Boorolong Station from 1896-1919. In 1902 a walking stick carved by Haynes was presented to the then Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) and he was engaged on a stick for King George when he was taken to hospital. Other pieces which are mentioned include; a stockwhip handle of myall wood and bullock's horn which depicts the death of Burke, the explorer, a carved myall wood frame, intended to receive a portrait of the late Mr C.W. Marsh of Sailbury Court.

    Myall Wood (Acacia Homolophylla) is a durable, fragrant and dark-coloured wood which was favoured by Aborigines for making spears.

    Narrative of the Death of Captian Cook, 1786, by David Samwell, Printed Book, C694, State Library NSW.
    The Canberra Times (ACT1926-1954), Friday 25 Nov 1927, page 16.
    The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW:1843-1893), Thursday 9 March 1876, page 7.
    The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW:1843-1893), Tuesday 10 June 1876.

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  • Please note it should read 'Captain Cook'
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