Boer War commemorative jug

Boer War commemorative jug

A white porcelain jug commemorating the South African ('Boer') War, 1899-1902. This jug was made in 1900 at the early Wellington pottery factory of Peter Hutson and Co. Only eight examples are known to exist.

The commemorative jug lists the first five New Zealand contingents and their respective commanders: First Contingent (Major Robin); Second Contingent (Major Craddock); Third Contingent (Major Jowsey); Fourth Contingent (Major Somerville); and Fifth Contingent (Lieutenant-Colonel Newall).

The front of the jug depicts a soldier with bandolier and rifle standing at attention in front of two crossed flags. Around a band at the top are the words: 'Whawhai Mo To Kanga Mo To Kuini Ake Ake Ake' (Fight For Your Queen Forever).

The jug is currently on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru.

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Posted: 08 Aug 2021

We have an identical jug South African Boer War made by Peter Hudson & Co in mint condition. We are attempting to find information on the above piece, any help would be much appreciated.
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Louise Ridgway


Posted: 26 Aug 2010

Would like to know the value of this jug for insurance purposes. Sale value


Posted: 27 Nov 2009

Hi Patricia, we have one Copland on our database, not sure if this is the same person though: John Copland's record

Patricia Jones

Posted: 27 Nov 2009

We are interested in learning more about this Boer War Commemorative jug. We have a jug, like that pictured on this page, although ours is better condition, without cracks. My husband's aunts were given this jug by a man named Copland, who was from New Zealand.