Auction: 22066 - Historical Documents, Postal History & Autographs - Featuring the Robin Hunt Collection
Captain Ben Hay Martindale
1861 (8 Jan.) "Address to Captain B.H. Martindale R.E." on vellum bound in leather on Captain Martindale's retirement from his position as Under Secretary for Public Works, Commissioner for Roads and Railways, and Superintendents of Telegraphs, New South Wales, giving thanks for his services including 130 signatures over 10 pages. Offered together with thirteen cabinet photographs of the family.
Notes: Ben Hay Martindale (1824-1904). Second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers (1843). Martindale served at Gibraltar, Corfu and Dover followed and in September 1856 as a captain he joined the staff of the inspector-general of fortifications, London.
Martindale served under six ministries over his three years at the helm of the Railway and Telegraph Department; by the end he was heavily blamed in the press for its failures. Despite this the Address offered here shows his colleague's sheer admiration for his services.
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