Posts categorized as History

New Zealand Music Month: The legacy of Bob Marley

  • O.018215; A Certain Kind of Past - Glade House, Auckland; 1983-1984; Browning, Ken.  (Photographic image of an unidentified young man - with tattoos on his left arm - as seen in his bedroom, a number of posters adorn the back wall including one of Bob Marley)
  • O.018215; A Certain Kind of Past - Glade House, Auckland; 1983-1984; Browning, Ken. (Photographic image of an unidentified young man - with tattoos on his left arm - as seen in his bedroom, a number of posters adorn the back wall including one of Bob Marley)
  • GH024645; Poster, 'Those cops are heading towards us!!'; early 1980s; Wellington Media Collective. (One badge says Bob Marley, one of the woman has dreadlocks and the colour combination of red, gold and green is present)
  • Toni (left) and Brian Fonoti in London on their way to Ethiopia. 1988.  Credit: Toni Fonoti collection.  Retrieved from http://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/toni-fonoti/image/10868

It’s New Zealand Music Month! Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures, looks at the influence of Bob Marley on the musical landscape of New Zealand. Since 2001, driven by the New Zealand Music Commission, the month of May has been dedicated to the promotion and celebration of local New Zealand artists and music. As part of… Read more »

Collecting Challenging Histories – the ‘Manga Kahu’/‘Maunga Kahu’ (Black Power) T-shirt

T-shirt, ‘Maunga Kahu’, September 2009, Whanganui, New Zealand, by Denis O’Reilly (Black Power). Gift of Denis O’Reilly, 2017. Te Papa (ME024195)

Today is International Museum Day. Mātauranga Māori senior curator Puawai Cairns considers this year’s theme – ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums’ – through the ‘Maunga Kahu’ protest T-shirt. When I acquire material for the museum’s collection, there is an image in my head that I constantly refer to, to help me… Read more »

Appealing the lottery of death

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What would you do if your wife was expecting your first child and you were compulsorily called up for military service? James Dempsey faced this dilemma in January 1916. History curator Kirstie Ross shows how James, like thousands of New Zealand men who juggled the calls made by King and Country, work, and family, appealed his conscription…. Read more »

Tamatea ‘Dusky Sound’ revisited

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Mātauranga Māori curator Dougal Austin offers an indigenous perspective on first contact between Māori and Cook’s men in Tamatea (Dusky Sound). In November 2016 I took part in a field trip to remote Tamatea, or Dusky Sound, in Fiordland. Together with natural history scientists including a designated photographer, our team spent 10 days in the sounds sailing… Read more »

How Rita Angus landscapes inspired a Starfish collection

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  • Heirloom workbook featuring fabric scraps and a postcard of a painting by RIta Angus
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It’s not every day that you get to delve into the nitty-gritty details of a fashion label. Te Papa’s assistant archivist Gareth Watkins is going through Starfish’s archive, recently gifted to Te Papa. Read his first blog here. “It’s my product. It’s my vision. It’s my dream. It’s my life,” writes Laurie Foon, founder of the Starfish… Read more »

Cinematic Renaissance animation starring Ursula the bear

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Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explores a highly unusual set of etchings which depicts a day in the life of a huge, shaggy, brown bear.  Meet Ursula… In a pioneering set of prints, the Flemish artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1520–1590) chronicled a day in the life of a huge, shaggy brown bear… Read more »

An action-packed Anzac week: WWI, live performances, arts and craft, and fashion

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façade of the Thomas Andrews/Titanic Memorial Hall. Photo courtesy of Joseph McBrinn.

The forthcoming ‘Anzac week’ is going to be an action packed one for Te Papa, with a wide range of events on offer for both adult and family audiences that explores aspects of the First World War and beyond. Family theatre – An Awfully Big Adventure If you are looking for a family outing over Anzac Weekend, you might… Read more »

Meeting John Clarke, and cleaning Fred Dagg’s gumboots for customs

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Comedian John Clarke has died, aged 68, but he lives on through our collections. Curator Stephanie Gibson recounts the story of how Te Papa acquired beloved Kiwi everyman Fred Dagg’s iconic outfit. Te Papa mourns the passing of John Clarke. To many New Zealanders he is Fred Dagg. Fred Dagg appeared on New Zealand television in 1973. Only three… Read more »