Photograph of Joseph Kinsey, date unknown.
Joseph Kinsey was born in Kent, England, in 1852 and moved to New Zealand with his wife, Sarah Ann, in 1880. He founded the shipping firm Kinsey and Co. and through this became involved in aspects of Scott and Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions. Both men visited Kinsey's properties in Papanui and Sumner.
Kinsey received the Scott Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 1914 and was knighted in 1917 for his work with Antarctic expeditions. He died in 1936 and bequeathed his collection of Antarctic material to the Alexander Turnbull Library, greatly augmenting its collection.
See also: Kinsey's cottage