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J H Menzies: Peninsula Carver

Fri, 09 Mar 2018

John Henry Menzies, who lived and farmed on Banks Peninsula, was a prolific carver and designer active during  the New Zealand Arts and Crafts period. His legacy includes around 80 pieces of carved furniture, a decorated house named Rehutai, and a decorated church, St. Luke's Anglican Church at Little Akaloa.


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In Search of Antarctic Dinosaurs

Mon, 26 Mar 2018

Canterbury Museum has loaned a sledge used on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910–1913) and other expedition objects to the Field Museum in Chicago for Antarctic Dinosaurs, a major new exhibition that opens in June 2018.

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Great Scott: The Story of a Christchurch Memorial

Fri, 26 Jan 2018

Curatorial Manager Sarah Murray presents the story of the Christchurch memorial to Robert Falcon Scott and the Polar Party who perished on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912.

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Researching Your Polish Heritage

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

Between the Waters: Canterbury’s First Polish Settlers highlights the experiences of four Polish families, the Kotlowskis, the Geirszewskis, the Szymanskis and the Watembachs, but of course there were many others who came on the same ship. Here are some resources to help you get started with researching your Polish heritage.

Online Exhibitions

Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream is a collection of world-class tourism posters promoting New Zealand’s unique attractions in an age before television and the Internet. Created by some of the country’s finest commercial artists, the themes promoted through the posters reveal New Zealand’s developing national identity in the early twentieth century.

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