Posts tagged with Collections Online

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 »

Share and zoom; new features in Collections Online

Government Courthouse, Apia; Thomas Andrew; Te Papa

This week we’ve introduced a couple of small, but hopefully useful, features to our Collections Online pages. Sharing You may have noticed more and more sites (including this blog) have the ability share pages with your friends via your social network sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, or through other tools such as Gmail. We think this is… Read more »

Advent adventures

Christmas cake decoration, about 1950. Gift of Annette Baier. GH4855-27. Te Papa

I’ve enjoyed searching through Te Papa’s collections to find items related to Christmas for this year’s advent calendar. Advent calendars developed from a 19th century German Lutheran tradition of counting down the 24 days before Christmas. An advent calendar has 24 doors that you open each day from 1 December to Christmas Eve to reveal… Read more »

The Brunner mine disaster

Dave McMillan (West Coast Historical and Mechanical Society Board member), Julia Bradshaw (Interpretation Manager), myself (Lucinda Blackley) and Jackie Gurden (Redevelopment Project Manager) at Shantytown.

The tragic news from the Pike River mine has put me in mind of another mining disaster on the West Coast.  In 1896 sixty-five workers were killed at the Brunner mine after a methane-gas explosion. It was New Zealand’s worst industrial accident. On the morning of 26th March, 1896, an explosion ripped through the mine…. Read more »

Fossils uncovered!

Normally fossils are found in the field but in this case Te Papa technicians and I have been rediscovering an early accumulation of fossil reptiles and fish held in Te Papa’s collections that have not been examined for decades. When the Colonial Museum opened in 1865, the Director James Hector, wanted to show New Zealanders… Read more »

Picture Library news – Spiders

  • Laetesia pseudamoena
  • Haplinis fulvolineata
  • Haplinis anomala
  • Parafroneta pilosa

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have recently been putting a lot of effort into photographing their collection of spiders and putting the images up on Collections Online for you to view. I thought it was time to showcase some of this fantastic imagery. Phil Sirvid, Collection Manager Entomology, said the primary objective for this photography… Read more »

Collections Online update: Mapping

Collections Online mapping

Mapping the collections This week we added a new feature to Collections Online, our first efforts to map our collection objects, specimens and other resources.  As you browse the collection, the Related Places section at the right of the page will generate a map of the places related to the collection item or resource – just click… Read more »

Collections Online update: Taxonomy browser

Aptenodytes forsteri

Since we released the new version of Collections Online  in July last year we’ve made the odd fix, or a new feature here and there. You probably don’t notice them but hopefully they’ve made your browsing experience a bit easier.  However recently we’ve done a couple of things we thought were worth pointing out. First up,… Read more »

Art on TV

  • Lisa Reihana, Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha, Te Ara a Hine, Te Papa, Level 2
  • Lisa Reihana, Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha, Te Ara a Hine, Te Papa, Level 2
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  • Paul Cullen, artist's model for A Garden

Fans of art and TV on demand may already know about the great series New Artland hosted by musician Chris Knox on freeview TVNZ 7, and available online. The programme invites artists to make a new work involving a community. Series two has recently been uploaded, and they are already up to Episode 7. If… Read more »