Charles de Vere Teschemaker

A quick search on Google resulted in finding the paragraph below about Charles de Vere Teschemaker in an old New Zealand book reproduced on the website of the University of Auckland. Click here for the source website.

A SURVEYOR IN NEW ZEALAND 1857-1896

THE RECOLLECTIONS OF JOHN HOLLAND BAKER

EDITED BY NOELINE BAKER

WHITCOMBE & TOMBS LTD. 1932

… The following day Mr. Charles de Vere Teschemaker called on me. I had not met him since I was in England in 1884, when I and a nephew of mine happened to be staying for a night at Ilfracombe. We had gone down to the baths to have a morning dip, and there I saw Mr. Teschemaker swimming about. He did not know me, but I had often seen him at the Christchurch Club, so as I swam past him I enquired casually what was the latest news he had from Marlborough, where he had a sheep run. “How do you know that I come from New Zealand?” he exclaimed. “Don’t you?” I replied innocently; and after a little more banter, he said, “Well, who the devil are you?” I then told him that I was the Chief Commissioner for Canterbury, and he laughed and said, “You had me that time,” and added that we would liquor up when we were dressed-which we surely did. He had called to remind me of this incident of more than ten years before.

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