Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936

Christchurch businessman, collector and Antarctic enthusiast. Donor of a large collection to the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1937. Born in Kent, England and after teaching, married Sarah Ann Garrard and emigrated to Christchurch in 1880. Founded the shipping firm of Kinsey and Company. On Board of Governors at Canterbury University College 1894-1897, Commissioner for Canterbury at the South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin 1889-1890 and Belgian Consul in 1898. He was a keen amateur musician and book collector, as well as being deeply interested in Antarctic exploration. He was the agent in New Zealand for Shackleton's "Nimrod Expedition", 1907-1909, and again for Scott's "Terra Nova Expedition", 1910-1913. His summer house "Te Hau o Te Atua" (Breath of Heaven), was situated on Clifton Hill above Sumner and was the site of a party to farewell the officers and members of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition in November 1908. Made Knight Bachelor in 1917.

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Date: 1928 From: Andersen, Johannes Carl, 1873-1962 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0148-003 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s).
Date: 1903 From: Falla, Robert Alexander (Sir), 1901-1979 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-2366-418 Description: Four letters to J J Kinsey from F A D Cox regarding collecting skeletons of the Chatham Islands crow. Quantity: 1 folder(s). Processing information: Title ...
Date: 1880 - 1920 By: Bairei, Kono, 1844-1893; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: E-896-q Description: Coloured prints of sketches with Japanese titles, showing birds in settings of flowers and trees. Birds include: sparrows, cockerels, ducks, parrots, grouse,...
Date: 1851 From: Various artists :[Miscellaneous prints from the Kinsey Collection. ca 1850-1910] By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: E-071-q-008 Description: Crowds gathered on foot, on horseback and in carriages outside the front of the Crystal Palace building for the 1851 Great Exhibition Quantity: 1 colour pho...
Date: 1910 - 1912 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-003 Description: A wooden case with outer green canvas cover with British Antarctic Expedition, 1910, Burroughs Wellcome & Co, London, printed on the front. A strap for secu...
Date: 1860 - 1920 By: R & L (Firm); Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-053 Description: Head and shoulders of English Admiral and hero of the Battle of Trafalgar, Lord Nelson Inscriptions: Back area of figure: maker's incision "R & L" and "Nels...
Date: 1910 - 1913 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-040 Description: Two stemmed wine glasses etched with a circular design, the words National Antarctic Expedition S Y 'Morning' around the edge of the design. The centre shows...
Date: 1860 - 1920 By: R & L (Firm); Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-052 Description: Head and shoulders portrait of General Gordon, "Chinese Gordon" of Kartoum, wearing a fez Inscriptions: Back area of figure: maker's incision R & L and "Gor...
Date: 1850 - 1920 By: Chantrey, Francis Leggatt, 1781-1841; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-054 Description: Head and shoulders of Scottish author of the Waverley novels. His shoulders are draped in plaid Appears to be a plaster copy of the marble bust of Scott by...
By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-005 Description: A classical-style ornamented bronze bowl, with curved handles, on a bronze stand, supported by a tall square marble plinth, with a further layer of decorated...
Date: 1920 - 1940 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-033-028 Description: A wooden boomerang, with a map of Australia in gold (lacking Tasmania) on the centre front. Map includes an incised 9 c[arats] Quantity: 1 curio(s). Physi...
Date: 1870 By: Turner & Company; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936; Turnbull, Alexander Horsburgh, 1868-1918 Ref: Curios-028-055 Description: Head and shoulders of English author Charles Dickens. In two sections, joined with a metal screw - bust and circular base On display in Turnbull House in th...
Date: 1911 By: Kelvin and James White Ltd; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-023 Description: An azimuth for taking bearings from the visible horizon Inscriptions: Inside lid, on printed label. Ink inscription from Davis to J J Kinsey Quantity: 1 cu...
Date: 1875 By: Jackson, Robert, active 1850-1900; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-056 Description: Head and shoulders of English actor, Henry Irving, with drapery across his shoulders and masks of tragedy and comedy at front corners of the base On long-te...
Date: 1907 - 1909 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: Curios-028-016 Description: Outer wooden case with Br. Ant. Ex. 1907 in embossed lettering on top. A wire mesh front, an open back, a thermometer, a drum with graph paper, a balance and...
Date: 1927 - 1929 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: D-014-006 Description: Flag of the United States of America, carried on Admiral Byrd's Antarctic expedition, 1928-1930 and believed to have been aboard on the preliminary flight ov...
Date: 1927 - 1930 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: D-014-008 Description: A New Zealand flag with canvas edging and cotton cord. Carried on Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition, 1928-1930; believed to have been on the first flight o...
Date: 1917 - 1927 By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: G-579 Description: Heraldic crest showing a ship, two gryphons, a helmet, acanthus leaves and the whole surmounted by a penguin. Sir Joseph, knighted in 1917, organised suppor...
Date: [ca late 16th or early 17th century] By: Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936; Phillipps, Thomas (Sir), 1792-1872 Ref: MSR-22 Description: Title supplied by Library. Quantity: 1 volume(s) 45 leaves. Physical Description: Manuscript, 42 x 28 cm. Provenance: Sold by the bookseller Thomas Thorpe...
Date: 1815 - 1896 By: Hokusai, Katsushika Nakajima Tamekazu, 1760-1849; Itsu-Un, Kinoshita Shosai, 1799-1866; Kinsey, Joseph James (Sir), 1852-1936 Ref: E-274 Description: Most sketches identified by labels written in English, translated from the Japanese. Prints by Hokusai, Shotei and Shosai. One volume is not bound and can ...