A small base portion of a clay ornament. The ornament features a figure of a child standing beside what looks like a seated adult female figure who has one hand on the child's shoulder. " W JEMISON / MAKER / NEW PLYMOUTH " is stamped on the reverse. The top portion of the ornament has broken off and is missing.
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Some of these brickworks, the Johnson Brothers works at Waitara in particular, progressed to the stage of making terracotta butter coolers but there is no evidence they went beyond this basic level.
The only attempt to go beyond the mundane was made in 1907 by William Jemison of Frankley Road, New Plymouth. Jemison located a source of clay on Smart Road and tried to interest local businessmen in financing a pottery industry. To help sell the idea he made a selection of items such as bricks, a chimney pot, roofing tiles and ornaments. It would appear that Jemison’s venture did not get off the ground.