Colonial Tea Set Donated to the Museum

By Jackie Garbarino
Gift Shop and Volunteer Manager

Our outgoing Chief Justice Gordon Ward and his wife Meg have donated a Royal Albert Bone China Tea Set to the Turks & Caicos National Museum.  This exquisite set belonged to his mother Ellinor Ward.

The Chief Justice said the set must be at least 80 years old as he remembers his mother using it from when he was very young.

Of course we will not divulge the age of the Chief Justice just to satisfy our curiosity!  Suffice to say, he was born in Kut Ching in Borneo (now Malaysia) and was the third generation of his English family to be born there, so he came of age in the Colonial Era.

The tea set for 4 is in perfect condition.  We are hoping to display it in the planned exhibit of a colonial administrator’s office.  On behalf of the Museum, I thank the Wonderful Wards for leaving this family heirloom in our care.  The memory of Ellinor Ward, her son and daughter-in-law will live on in Grand Turk.