Colour photograph of the travelling desk presented to Donald MacKinnon of Balevullin by the people of Tiree in 1888.


Donald MacKinnon, a miller in Balevullin, was one of twelve men arrested in 1886 after a period of land agitation on the island. He was released and decided to emigrate to New Zealand in 1888. Before leaving he was presented with a travelling desk with an inscription which read: ‘Presented to Donald MacKinnon Balevullin by friends of Tiree on his leaving for New Zealand in recognition of his services in advocating their rights to the people and as a token of their respect and regards 16th March 1888.’ Donald eventually settled in Western Australia where he worked on the railway and raised a family.

Object Details

Other Number: F144
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – F100-199
Current Location: normal location

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