Hayward's Auction House owner Kevin Hayward holds shackles set for auction next week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
More shackles are up for auction in Dunedin.
Hayward's Auction House owner Kevin Hayward said an Oamaru
pensioner bought the shackles from a Brisbane garage sale in
the 1990s and believed the set to be from the convict ship
The English ship left Portsmouth in 1787 and carried male and
female convicts to Sydney, Australia.
The shackles could be used to restrain the ankles of a small
person, or handcuff a large person, but a key would need to
Mr Hayward said the shackles would be auctioned on Wednesday
and were more refined than those bought by Dunedin Mayor Dave
Cull in March.
Mr Cull stopped an auction and the council spent $3900 on the
shackles because they could have restrained Maori prisoners
But further Toitu Otago Settlers Museum investigations
revealed the shackles were more likely to have restrained
camels in the Middle East.
Mr Cull yesterday said the ''significant aspect'' of stopping
the shackle auction in March was the possible connection with
Maori prisoners from Taranaki.