Item 160/1 - Wire-rimmed spectacles

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AU AU-MTC 160/1


Wire-rimmed spectacles


  • 1830? (Creation)

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1 pair of wire-rimmed spectacles in leather case

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William Pascoe Crook was the first Congregationalist minister in Australia. He was born in England and sailed to the South Pacific on the London Missionary Society's ship Duff in 1796. He spent several years working in the Marquesas Islands, then returned to England where he married Hannah Dare. They arrived in Sydney in 1803, and Samuel Marsden engaged him to open the colony's first boarding school in Parramatta. He established a Congregational church in the schoolroom, earning the disapproval of Marsden and others. He returned to mission work in Tahiti, living there from 1816-1830, then returned to Sydney where he helped establish the Temperance Society and the School Society. He died in Melbourne in 1846.

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A portrait of Reverend William Pascoe Crook, 1st Congregational parson, featuring the wire-rimmed spectacles, is held by the State Library of NSW:

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  • Box: Moore College box 175
  • Shelf: H 1