Posts categorized as History

The Berry Boys – Photos featuring New Zealand World War One Soldiers

Te Papa has a wonderful collection of 172 portraits on glass plate negatives featuring World War One soldiers. These images were taken at the Berry & Co. photography studio in Wellington between about 1914 and 1919. The men in these images were about to enter into a life-changing event. Some would survive, a large number would… Read more »

Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe) (ME024035)

  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • William Strutt, 'The Maori Widow - Rawiri's Grave', 1855. E-453-f-002-1. Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • Mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) named Whakaae-whenua. Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe). Te Papa (ME024035)
  • Memorial Cross. Margaret Marks

Whakaae-whenua – a recent acquisition Part of our roles as curators is to acquire, or purchase, taonga Māori (Māori treasures) to further strengthen and develop Te Papa’s collection. When considering taonga tūturu (customary taonga) for acquisition, it’s the interesting, the novel, and the extraordinary that we tend to focus on these days – not surprising… Read more »

April 1982: this month last century

Thirty years ago, Wellington is voted nuclear weapons-free by the city council (14 April 1982). In 1981, New Zealand peace groups began campaigning for sites around the country to become nuclear weapons-free. This initiative was supposed to highlight the dangers of nuclear weapons and to change national policies related to them. The following year, Wellington… Read more »

Unveiled: Wedding Dress of the Week

Butterick Pattern Company for 'Ladies' Waist with leg-o-mutton sleeves, high collar and peplum', circa 1896.

During Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London there has been much gasping and musing over the number of teeny tiny waists on display, and those elegant instruments of torture, corsets. I, however, have been captivated by sleeves – dropped, ruched, puffed and frilled. The creators of 19th century… Read more »

Upcoming lecture: War Brides

Claire Dunlop and Pilot Officer Allen Dunlop on their wedding day, 16 September 1944. Image courtesy of Claire Dunlop.

In conjunction with the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr Gabrielle Fortune will present an illustrated lecture on how wartime austerity impacted on wedding fashion at Te Papa this Sunday at 2pm. Specifically, she will be looking at the  wedding dresses of women who married New Zealand servicemen… Read more »

March 1940: This month last century

72 years ago, Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage (1872-1940) dies from cancer (27 March 1940) Michael Joseph Savage was New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister. He was born in Victoria, Australia, and arrived in New Zealand in 1907. Savage was active as a trade unionist and socialist, and first stood for parliament in 1911. In 1919, he became… Read more »