This Scotch chest is made from New Zealand native kauri timber and is believed to have been manufactured in Dunedin by a German cabinetmaker, Carl Bölke (Charles Boelke), in Dunedin in 1865. Bölke was born in Hanover, Germany, around 1839, and he probably landed in Dunedin in the early years of the gold rushes. In 1870 he married Mary (or Maria) McGerr and he was naturalised in December 1873. Carl Bölke died in 1904 at his residence in South Dunedin, aged 70. At the time of his death his occupation was a wood joiner. The chest is said to have been presented to the parents of Mr FC Parsons as a wedding gift.
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