A small rolling ruler which is made of ivory and metal. The ruler is marked very finely on both sides with numerous graduations. "ELLIOT BROS STRAND LONDON" is engraved in small letters on the top of the ruler. "F.CARRINGTON" has been scratched by hand near one edge of the ruler. "F.C" is also scratched by one end of the metal roller and "1882 29/5/82" has been scratched in larger letters on the top of the ruler near the centre. It also appears scratches have been made by hand on one edge to make the scale easier to read.
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This ruler was used by Follett Carrington (1862-1948), a notable Taranaki surveyor, nephew of Frederick and Wellington Carrington, and son of Octavius Carrington. He began his career as a survey cadet in the Taranaki Provincial Lands Department and was employed by the West Coast Commission during the early 1880s. He went on to work in Wellington and Hawke's Bay and established a glowing professional reputation before returning to work in New Plymouth. Follett Carrington retired in 1918.
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