David Bacon travelled with his parents, brother and sister to Otago on the ship Nourmahal in 1858. After first running a lightering service on the harbour with a small vessel, he established a Livery, Bait and Letting Stables in 1868. He operated the stables for nearly forty years and boasted that during his entire career not one of his passengers had ever met with an accident. He was also known for trading horses and had sent around 1000 horses for sale in Melbourne over the years. David Bacon fashioned this table from a totara tree grown on the Otago Peninsula.