Flotsam & Jetsam & Sons

Petone Settlers 175th Anniversary

Conrad Coon (Left) and Ed van Son, Petone Settlers 175th Anniversary on the Petone Foreshore, Lower Hutt, New Zealand on Sunday 19 January 2015. Photo by Masanori Udagawa. http://www.photowellington.photoshelter.com.

Curio Collectors Est 1887

Captain Flotsam and First Mate Jetsam sailed the seas to New Zealand in the year 1886.

They briefly made Wellington their home but decided that Foxton was the place they wanted to lay their foundations. So it was with great haste that they boarded an iron steamer named “Tui” with all their gathered possessions, ready to depart on their journey.

As they set forth to leave Wellington and the harbour heads came into sight, beneath the hull there came a terrible lurch. Their boat had struck Barrett’s Reef, as so many had before and so many would after.

As the iron steamer went down, Jetsam frantically threw their treasures from around the world into a Kauri clipper. Then he and Captain Flotsam clambered aboard to row for shore.

With misfortune still against them, the weight of all the treasure became too much for the little clipper and she too began to sink.

With Petone shore in sight the pair leapt from the boat and made a swim for shore leaving it all to the perils of the sea. Treasures washed from the boat as it sank.

The sands quickly submerged everything and both Flotsam and Jetsam were too exhausted to doing anything about recovering their goods and moved on.

Before they died they told their children of the lost treasures, those children told their children and the story of Flotsam and Jetsam’s treasure was passed on down through the generations.

Petone Settlers 175th Anniversary

Conrad Coon, Petone Settlers 175th Anniversary on the Petone Foreshore, Lower Hutt, New Zealand on Sunday 19 January 2015. Photo by Masanori Udagawa. http://www.photowellington.photoshelter.com.

In the winter of 1970 a baby was born. He was the great-grandson of Captain Flotsam. People called him Flot.

Soon after, the great-grandson of First Mate Jetsam was born. His friends called him Jet.

Flot and Jet became friends and one day they decided (because metal detectors had been invented) to find their families’ treasures. They got their shovels, sifters, a tent, and two of the best metal detectors money could buy.

At first light they got down to the beach, they set up their tent, they got their shovels and buckets, then realised there was too much work for two men to do alone.

They needed help.

They need you.

So get down to Petone Beach, outside the Settlers Museum, and be part of history as Flotsam and Jetsam unearth the treasure buried below.

Help them find their treasure this Monday, 25th January, from 11am on Petone beach front, as part of the our contribution to the  Our Story festival. We’ll have dress ups and a photobooth, old fashioned games and plenty more! And it’s the last chance to see the museum before we close down for two months to install our NEW EXHIBITIONS… 

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