Among those present at the presentation included: Hon. Ruth Dyson, MP for Port Hills; Councillor Andrew Turner, Deputy Mayor of Christchurch; The Bishop of Christchurch Peter Carrell; the former Bishop of Christchurch David Coles; the Dean of Christchurch Lawrence Kimberley; the Principals of Christ’s College, St Margaret’s College and Cathedral Grammar School; other city council persons (heritage etc); a dozen and a half members of the Canterbury Pilgrims and Early Settlers Association; members of the Lyttelton Historic Museum Society; ditto from Diamond Harbour.
66 volumes from other book sets of the limited edition, each opened at a different page, were displayed on 6 tables (32 of volume 2,’Seadrift’, and 34 of volume 3,’Watercolours’), in order that every single one of FitzGerald 66 watercolours from ‘Godley Gifts’ could be viewed. The book set gifted to Lyttelton, no 50, was chosen to commemorate the year 1850.
The event also inspired two sales of ‘Godley Gifts’ sets.