Over the next little while I am going to let you know where you will see Te Papa’s collection items on display at other places. Today I am going to let you know where to see some of the items in our history collection in Northland and Auckland.
If you are in Kaitaia be sure to visit the Far North Regional Museum to see the de Surville anchor. The anchor is one of three that were lost from the French vessel Saint Jean Baptiste, captained by Jean François Marie de Surville, in Doubtless Bay, Northland in 1769 and one of two that were recovered in 1974. Both anchors are enormously significant to New Zealand’s history being the earliest authentic European objects found in New Zealand. If you are ever in Wellington you can see the second anchor high on the wall above the entry foyer at Te Papa.
To find out more about the anchors go to Te Papa’s Collection Online
When visiting Auckland Museum you will see an articulated skeleton of a Minke Whale in their Oceans Gallery. It’s not that often you see a whale skeleton and when you do it surprises you with how big it is. This skeleton is about 7 meters in length and suspended from the ceiling so don’t forget to look up! I’m sorry I don’t have a photograph of it but you can find out more about the Oceans Gallery on the Auckland Museum website.
At Voyager: New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland you will see two of Te Papa’s collection items.
The first is the Auckland Islands lifeboat. In the nineteenth century the New Zealand Government set up a number of depots to aid shipwreck survivors. This lifeboat was recovered from the depot on Adams Island in 1973 when the depots were no longer needed.
The second Te Papa item is the iconic NZL32 – the New Zealand yacht that won the America’s Cup in San Diego in 1995. NZL32, or Black Magic as it is otherwise known, is the centrepiece of the exhibition Blue Water Black Magic. The exhibition is a tribute to Sir Peter Blake who captained the yacht and led the sailing campaign.
You can learn more about the exhibition on the Voyager website.
By jumping on a ferry and visiting Kawau Island you can see Governor Grey’s bed in the beautiful Mansion House. Kawau Island was purchased by Sir George Grey in 1862 and he spent a fortune remodelling the house, planting the garden and introducing many exotic and native animals.
Learn more about Mansion House
Next time I will tell you about history collection items in the Wellington region.