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Bula Bula

Fri, 10 Nov 2017

To celebrate Fijian Language Week, Canterbury Museum said a very warm bula (hello) to members of Canterbury's Fijian community giving them access to a selection of Fijian objects from the collection.


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The Art of Coaching

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Christchurch artist Edgar Lovell-Smith was fascinated with stage coaches. Not only did he use a stage coach, he also painted...
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John Sinclair's Homemade Camera

Fri, 22 Sep 2017

Carpenter John Sinclair (1843–1925) was a man of many talents. Although initially employed as a carpenter on Cheviot Hills run...
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Body Beautiful

Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Canterbury Museum has recently acquired a small gold and pounamu locket which links Christchurch to a pioneer of the body...

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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