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Cup and saucer set presented to our family from Edward Lionel Terry
Edward Lionel Terry, known as Lionel Terry is infamous in New Zealand history. Terry had a fear that New Zealand was being swamped by Chinese immigrants. Terry wrote a number of articles to highlight his concerns, and in 1905 shot and killed an elderly Chinese man in Haining Street, Wellington to highlight the Chinese problem. Terry gave himself up to the police shortly after, was tried and was sentenced to death, but was later commuted to life in prison. Terry was a tall, athletic person, who was described as a gentleman who cut a fine upright figure.

Terry had served in the British army, had resigned and undertaken a variety of jobs in a number of countries before arriving in New Zealand in 1901, aged 28. Terry was a surveyor and undertook this for a while, tried farming, and worked in a number of roles prior to committing murder. One such role was surveying a road between Fielding and Taihape in about 1903. This included a bridge. The job took him past the family farm, and one of the family (Amy Taylor then aged in her early 30’s) and her cousin Dorothy Harper, then aged about 8, made a point of taking a tin of scones to Terry every day for morning tea. In recognition, Terry bought them a plate and saucer set each to remember him and the scones. Terry also said he would name the bridge they built the “Dotamy Bridge” in their name.