Posts categorized as Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa

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 »

In praise of darning

Home-grown displays, Slice of Heaven. Copyright Te Papa 2010.

On Friday I posted a blog on the subject of darning inspired by the items of clothing that survived the Depression loaned by Rosemary McLeod for the Slice of  Heaven exhibition. A couple of comments in response to that made me think further.   My mother taught me to start a darn with slipstitch around the hole, then stitch… Read more »

Rosemary McLeod talks about darning in the Depression

Darned clothing from Depression era Copyright Te Papa

How many of us are darning socks these days? Some of the most poignant objects on display in Slice of Heaven  – 20th Century Aotearoa are items of clothing that have survived the Great Depression.  They’re such tangible reminders of how hard times were then.  Some things, especially underwear and linings, were darned and patched many, many times…. Read more »

Curious curios – all is revealed

  • Astroturf roof of Homegrown. Photographer Kirstie Ross
  • Mystery item 4, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa
  • Mystery item 4, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa
  • Mystery item 5, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa

Yesterday I posted three mysterious objects from Te Papa’s history collections on the blog. The answers are below. But here’s another item to think about.  If you’re visiting Te Papa, you’ll see other curious curios in the area covered with astroturf in Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa – an exhibiton about New Zealand last century…. Read more »