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Spotlight on the Heritage Collection

There in Spirit

12 July 2014

Ever wondered how large marine vessels get from dry land into the water? This photograph shows the luxury yacht Spirit of Fitzroy dangling from a crane as it meets the sea for the first time. The launch took place at Blyde Wharf, Port... read more

Taranaki Danceland

06 July 2014

This acetate recording was produced in 1962, and was played on the Taranaki airwaves to promote Taranaki Danceland. Taranaki Danceland was instituted by Colin King and his big band The Harmonisers. It featured large Saturday night dances with... read more

Potted History

05 July 2014

This ornate teapot tells a sad story of long journeys and illness in the 1850s.  It was made in Edinburgh by esteemed silversmith James McKay, and was gifted to Mary Hamblyn in 1856 by Mrs Hood. Mary Hamblyn, her husband Charles and their... read more

Newsflash

05 July 2014

This Extra from The Daily News was distributed throughout Taranaki after King Edward VII became acutely ill with appendicitis, two days before his coronation that was scheduled for 26 June 1902. Perhaps it was the deadline pressure to... read more

Hallowed Turf

14 June 2014

New Plymouth’s Rugby Park was a simple, tree fringed venue with its most famous days still ahead of it when this two part panoramic photograph was taken between 1947 and 1950. The ground, now known as Yarrow Stadium, hosted its first game on... read more

Aerial View

08 June 2014

Referred to as “the Google Earth of its day,” Whites Aviation Ltd showed New Zealand as the public had never seen it before. The Auckland company’s aerial photographs – still adorning many lounge walls today –... read more

Kiwi and Fowls

31 May 2014

This beautiful kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak) was acquired by Taranaki Museum in 1922 from a member of the Tume family from Purangi. Many garments from this era show the weaver’s willingness to experiment with new materials and to incorporate... read more

Soldier's Album

25 May 2014

Puke Ariki’s Frederick William Watson Album provides a remarkable insight into the day to day life of a soldier in the Gallipoli Campaign.  The album comprises 48 snapshots taken by Watson between 11 April 1915 and 15 August 1915. ... read more

Hen Pecked

16 May 2014

This adorable flock of hens, made to look as if they are busily picking up treats, was made by John Round, a wood craftsman from England who now works in Inglewood. John originally trained as a draughtsman with the British Steel Corporation, but his... read more

Royal Road Trips

15 May 2014

The 2014 Royal Tour of New Zealand saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, visiting the usual suspects of Auckland and Wellington, but Taranaki missed out to the likes of Blenheim and Cambridge this time round. As part of... read more

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