Posts written by Kirstie Ross

July 1981 – This month last century

30 years ago the South African rugby team is welcomed to New Zealand at the Poho-o-Rawiri marae, Gisborne, at the start of its tour of the country (17 July 1981).   Rugby Union has long had a prominent, if not undisputed place in New Zealand culture.  However, the game caused bitter disputes and often violent clashes around… Read more »

June 1901 – This month last century

110 years ago the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York visit New Zealand (10-27 June 1901) A royal tour of New Zealand was mooted by arch-imperialist Premier Richard Seddon in 1897, during the Diamond (60th) anniversary of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne. By 1900, such a visit had assumed greater importance. By this date, New Zealand was… Read more »

April 1921: This month last century

    Model Tooth (Human), 1900s, Maker unknown. Gift of the Wellington School Dental Service Training School, Department of Health, 1994. Te Papa  90 years ago: the first intake of School Dental Service nurses began their training (4 April 1921).   The School Dental Service was a response to the dreadful condition of recruits’ teeth… Read more »

March 1909: This month last century

102 years ago: Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward announces that New Zealand will gift a ‘first-class battleship’ to the Royal Navy (22 March 1909). Prime Minister Ward was positioning New Zealand as a loyal and active participant in the defence of the British Empire. This was a time of increasing naval rivalry among the world’s leading… Read more »

Dame Judith Binney 1940-2011

This pair of boots belonged to historian Dame Judith Binney, who will be remembered for her monumental contributions to New Zealand history over the last four decades through her writing, research and teaching. These boots were the historian’s favourites, and had a colourful history of their own. The question is: who will fill them now, after… Read more »

Out with the old … Conservation changes in Enriching Fashion

  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelight gallery. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelights gallery. Photogrpah by Kirstie Ross

Yesterday seven items were taken out of the cases in Te Papa’s exhibition: Enriching Fashion: an eye for detail on level 4. In the photograph below a jaunty two-piece playsuit from the 1960s is removed from a case and replaced with a one-piece bathing suit that is almost a hundred years old. For some reason… Read more »

Historic holiday snaps

  • B.021001 View inland from Kapakapanui showing burnt stumps: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.021003 Woman tramper in teh bush: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.021005 Woman tramper: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.020846 Early views Tararuas, 2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa

Some of my favourite social history images in Te Papa’s photography collection are of trampers taken by Leslie Adkin (1888-1964).  A man of many talents and interests, Adkin was a founding member of the Levin-Waiohepu Tramping Club, which was established in the 1920s.  This was one of the first tramping clubs to be formed in New… Read more »