This is a small selection of items from the extensive collection of letters, diaries, documents, scrapbooks and photographs which belonged to Rear Admiral Washbourn.
Richard Washbourn was a New Zealander who served in the Royal Navy during and after World War Two. He is best known for being the Gunnery Officer on board HMS Achilles during the Battle of the River Plate. The story of the battle is on display in the museum.
Displayed here is a ‘Certificate of Hurts & Wounds’ for the injury Washbourn received during the battle, the ‘Line Book’ (scrapbook) from HMS Achilles showing him with his head bandaged, and naval messages and personal letters of congratulations received after the battle. The photograph is of him on board HMNZS Bellona in the late 1950s
Donated by Liza Eastman, Richard Washbourn’s daughter.