A navy blue NZ Staff Corps tunic. The garment is short and has five gold-coloured metal buttons up the front. There are four pockets on the front and a band of multi-coloured ribbon above the right pocket (when looking at the tunic). There is a belt and a stand collar on the garment. A white lanyard made of rope is attached to the right epaulet (when looking at the garment). The inside collar reads: "Hobson & Sons" and in handwriting "Capt. R.S. Matthews".
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This tunic belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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