Story: Cards, board games and puzzles

Chess on board ship, 1865

Chess on board ship, 1865

Colonel Thomas Hardwick Smith (left) and his opponent, Charles Yelverton O'Connor, are seen concentrating fiercely on a game of chess on the deck of the ship Pegasus during its 1865 voyage to New Zealand. This highly mobile and demanding game helped relieve the boredom of the three- to four-month voyage for many immigrants. Smith later became headmaster of an Auckland school, and O'Connor a prominent civil engineer.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-277-016

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Mark Derby. 'Cards, board games and puzzles - Games in colonial society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 8-Jul-13
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