#NZCCM2020 Abstract: Jack Fry

Conserving the Big Anchor

Jack Fry

Jack Fry is a life member of N.Z.C.C.M. having been a member since the start of our organisation. Jack is a materials scientist having studied Paints, Plastics, Synthetic Resins and Timber Technology whilst working in the Coal Tar refinery Paint and Synthetic Resin manufacture industries and Building Research, that latter in England and New Zealand. Jack joined the National Museum of New Zealand in 1979 and whilst there undertook a short conservation course at the Canberra college and more recently a short course in metals conservation at Melbourne University. On retiring from the museum in 1989, Jack took over the business Conservation Supplies and continued doing conservation on mainly wood objects as a private conservator. And finally in final retirement works part time on objects from a maritime environment. 

The talk will discuss the finding of a very large anchor, a proposal for its conservation and the actual conservation undertaken. And research taken to identify where it was made and how it got to New Zealand.