Continuing on the hunt and return theme and building on the success of my medal purchase earlier this year, I recently bought a September 1937 framed lifesaving certificate off trademe.co.nz. Unfortunately the non-intelligent seller didn't do as i suggested i.e. cardboard over the glass, wrap in bubblewrap, don't put any form of sticky tape near the object to retain the integrity of it, put plenty of fragile stickers on the outside and courier it to me, but stuck a couple of old dirty teatowels to the front adhered by strip sticking plasters, placed in a pillowslip and sent it normal post without any fragile warnings. Of course not only the glass was shattered and the frame broken but the fragile backing tore off with the item :-( I shouldn't have been surprised the previous owner wouldn't care, afterall it had been stored in his damp garage for years.
This certificate was awarded to Moyra HOWARD for "practical knowledge of Rescue, Releasing oneself from the Clutch of the Drowning and for ability to render aid in Resuscitating the Apparently Drowned." Written in smaller writing beside her name is "Enfield Schools LA [lifesaving association?]
Enfield was a "settlement which lies between the Waiareka and Windsor junctions on the Oamaru - Tokarahi branch line of railway"  and situated approximately 18 km inland from Oamaru in the South Island and
The original Enfield school was opened in 1875
Moyra's certificate was signed by J G WRAITH - Chairman of the Central Executive and Alwyn E BISCOE - Chief Secretary.
Continuing to carefully disassemble the tragic mess infront of me, a couple of live silverfish fell out also eww...BUT...underneath was a 18 July 1901 London College of Music [with honours] certificate for Miss Gertrude Sophia DAWSON and her Elementary section, pianoforte playing. She was a pupil of Miss Edith E. DEBENHAM and signed by an illegible examiner with title Mus. Bac. Oxon.
Now I have 2 certificates to find relatives [family genealogists] for! Not bad for $5.50. This cloud definitely had a silver[fish] lining