This chair belonged to one of Otago’s oldest pioneers, Antonio Joseph, who first arrived in Otago on the American whaler Favourite in 1847. Favourite was damaged in a collision with a whale and called at the Otago Heads, where there was a forge, for repairs. Three weeks later the ship was off again but returned in early March 1848. This time Antonio Joseph left the ship and began working as a coastal trader. He later settled at Taieri Mouth, where he resided until his death in 1913, in his 85th year. The origin and maker of the chair are unknown.