[Shipboard sketchbook]

Top spiral-bound red covered sketchbook branded Grumbacher, 7192-2, Art Craft All-Purpose Sketch Book 6”x 9”, 24 spirals, 30 leaves, containing drawings of:

- Suez Canal, Egypt
- Port Said, Egypt
- Piraeus, Greece
- Three trees, Brentwood Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
- Boy, perhaps playing the piano
- Head and shoulders of a woman
- Scenes of life onboard ship SS Shota Rustaveli
- Cats
- Curtain

Object type
Medium and materials
variable on paper
Place Made
Europe (onboard SS Shota Rustaveli) and Auckland, New Zealand

Front cover (in artist's hand) H Scales, Flat 1, 38 Brentwood Avenue, Mt Eden

Inside front cover black crayon over a faint sketch (in artist's hand) H F V Scales, Berth 172, Rostavalle, 22.4.77

Inside back cover (in artist’s hand) For Gretchen


Donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand by H. F. V. Scales, 1979

Copyright Licence
Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Reference no. E-355-q
Current Collection

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

Current Location

Wellington, New Zealand

General notes

Includes drawings done while Flora Scale's was a passenger on-board the SS Shota Rostaveli on her trip back to New Zealand from France in 1977.

When the SS Shota Rustaveli docked in Piraeus, Greece, Scales's niece, Diana Zaharopoulos (nee Westacott, later Mills), collected her and took her home to her flat in Athens for the night. Correspondence Diana Mills to B. de Lange, 02.11.1983, “Although Aunt Lass [Flora] seemed a little older, she still seemed the old Aunt Lass, upright and full of courage.”

This was to be the last journey Scales made between Europe and New Zealand.