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Online Exhibitions

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Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost, Lives Changed

Explore the stories of Cantabrians who fought in World War One and those who stayed behind. Stories, historic photographs and images of notable objects relate the experiences of Cantabrians during the War. 18,000 New Zealand lives were lost during World War One and the lives of those who survived were changed forever by the conflict.

This online exhibition is representative of Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost Lives Changed, a temporary exhibition at Canterbury Museum from 30 November 2017 to 11 November 2018.

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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.

Images in this online exhibition are the copyright of the individual organisations that are credited

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Painting the province

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

James Edward FitzGerald is best known as a political leader in early Canterbury. But he was also an enthusiastic amateur painter, and his artworks provide a valuable record of the earliest days of Canterbury settlement.

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Rotoava's Romance

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

This scale model of a traditional Solomon Island war canoe was a labour of love for its carver.

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Pricey Polaroids

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

When Edwin Land's three-year-old daughter asked why she couldn't see the photo he'd just taken of her, she sparked the invention of the Polaroid camera.

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