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.
Production Date
May 1896