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January in History

Happy New year all!  I hope you all had a good holiday break and had your cameras out snapping away.  Maybe your images will one day be part of the Museum collection……you never know.    I’ve been doing a lot of image research lately around significant events, where an image is used to assist in… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

One of my most favourite fashion terms is passementerie. Its a French term that looks and sounds good, and which economically describes a luxurious array of frivolities used to adorn dress and interiors, including pom poms, bobbles, braid, ribbon, fringing, buttons, tassels and gimp. The English equivalent is the equally delightful ‘haberdashery’.  This week’s Wedding Dress is a… Read more »

December 1972: This month last century

Thirty-nine years ago, the last New Zealand forces withdraw from Vietnam (22 December 1972) New Zealand combat troops were in Vietnam from 1965 until 1972. This military support was underpinned by New Zealand’s defence obligations to the USA, an ANZUS treaty partner from 1951. Fewer than 4000 New Zealanders were in Vietnam over this period of seven-and-a-half years. It… Read more »

Carmen – ahead of her time

  • Close up of stamps of Carmen. Photo by Kirstie Ross
  • Close up of stamps featuring Carmen Rupe. Photo by Kirstie Ross
  • Close up of stamps featuring Carmen Rupe. Photo by Kirstie Ross
  • Envelopes from Carmen. Photo by Kirstie Ross

Carmen Rupe (1936-2011), a New Zealand transgendered entrepreneur, entertainer, and role model, passed away in Sydney this morning. Carmen was a pioneer of greater sexual tolerance, who came to prominence through the entertainment and nightlife options she provided for Wellingtonians during the 1970s. Taumaranui-born, as Trevor, Carmen graced Auckland, Wellington, and Sydney with her fearlessness, style, and entrepreneurial spirit. During… Read more »

November 1939: This month last century

Seventy-two years ago, the Centennial Exhibition opens in Wellington (9 November 1939) The 1940 Centennial exhibition was one of the many ways in which New Zealanders marked 100 years of British government. The exhibition, which was located in Rongotai, attracted over 2.6 million visitors over a period of six months. Below is a colourised view of the exhibition, taken… Read more »

Moustache accessories for Movember

If you are giving a mo a go for the first time during Movember, then here’s something you may not have considered before: how do you avoid getting a droopy, wet moustache while having a cuppa? In the late 1800s, magnificently moustachioed men (like Captain Watt above) dodged this dilemna by drinking from specially designed cups. These cups had… Read more »

October 1967: This month last century

Forty-four years ago pubs were no longer legally required to close at 6pm (9 October 1967)   From December 1917, hotels had to close at 6pm. This was supposed to be a temporary war-time measure. Opening hours were reduced to encourage workers’ efficiency.   This restriction partly effected the aims of temperance movement, an international initiative that… Read more »

King Dick slips into something a little more comfortable

  • Richard Seddon's Levee Uniform on display in Slice of Heaven. Photograph: Kirstie Ross
  • Te Papa installers putting back exhibition objects. Photograph: Kirstie Ross
  • Display case with Seddon's Civil Uniform removed from it. Photograph: Kirstie Ross
  • Richard Seddon's levee uniform trousers on a padded form

Slice of Heaven has been on open for a year now. This means that some of the light-sensitive paper and textile exhibition items have had their full quota of light exposure and have to come off display. This includes this majestic coatee, pictured above, that Premier Richard Seddon wore to grand royal events. Seddon had… Read more »