Do you plan a trip down south? Make sure you stop in Nelson to check out Nelson Provincial Museum. Port Nelson Haven Ahoy! A story of Early Colonial Migration is an exhibition about daily life on board early migrant ships based on transcripts of diaries and logbooks. If you have a close look around you will find a mounted lamb, a mounted Norway rat and this beautiful settee (made c 1840 in Manchester by S.W. Silver & Co Outfitters) from Te Papa’s collection.
The exhibition is on from 4 October 2010 – 17 April 2011
If you travel further south and get to Dunedin stop at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The exhibition Driver ’71 – ’75 features two Don Driver works from Te Papa’s collection. The exhibition focuses on his works during the 70’s, which was a very important time in his career as artist.
If you more into shipping and have some time left in Dunedin go and visit the Maritime Gallery at Otago Museum. You’ll find 8 ship models, a ship’s bell and a piece of wood from the HMS Victory from our collection. All models have been on loan for many years and the exhibition is a great success. Among others you can see a model of brigantine Aborigine, donated to Te Papa in 1960 by Captain J.F. Holm and a model of HMS Maori II. The original Maori II was built in 1936 in Scotland. She served with the Mediterranean fleet during WWII and was involved in the pursuit and destruction of German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. In February 1942 she was destroyed by a German aircraft in Malta Grand Harbour. Today she is a famous dive spot close to the shore from Valetta (Malta).