The postcard shown above (another
copy of the one at the head of the page) was purchased from an
on-line auction (I'm not sure which). It is an exciting find
for several reasons.
•Although not mailed as
a postcard, it was evidently mailed from New Zealand in an envelope.
It's an easy stretch to believe that Ms. Upton wrote the card on the
outbound trip from London, and mailed (perhaps with a longer note)
upon arrival in New Zealand. The date, which was impressed
into the top right hand corner of the front face, is not easily made
out, but maybe better eyes than mine or a little forensics work
could bring it up. A very careful examination of the picture
will reveal slight indications of the impression.
•I do not know if Captain Upton had family travelling with him on
any of his voyages to New Zealand, but judging by Ms. Upton's
indication of "our" cabin is highly suggestive of being in very
close proximity of the Captain's House I have assumed that
Upton was a young girl from the style of handwriting and the faint
ruled pencil guidelines. Could she have been Captain Upton's
•The text confirms the presence of a swimming pool (swimming "bath"
as Ms. Upton calls it). This is significant if one reads the
notes regarding the Rangitiki's
swimming pool on another page.