Michael Verdon succeeded Patrick Moran as bishop of Dunedin in 1896. He was a nephew of Paul Cullen, the Cardinal Archbishop of Dublin whose influence was so profound on ‘Irish’ churches abroad. Bishop Verdon was welcomed to Dunedin by a Catholic community that still considered itself essentially Irish. This hallstand, with its shamrock decoration, was a welcoming gift that expressed that sense of ethnic identity very clearly. Note too, however, the names of Petre and Haughton on the welcome committee, representing the church’s English associations.