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Promoting peace: Charles Mackie and the National Peace Council

Tue, 18 Sep 2018

Charles Mackie was a powerful voice for peace in early twentieth century Christchurch. In this blog Margaret Lovell-Smith examines what motivated him to devote so much of his life to the peace movement.


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Neither children nor lunatics

Wed, 19 Sep 2018

Why did Kate Sheppard think women should vote? The reasons she outlined in a famous 1888 pamphlet included arguing that women weren't on par with other members of society denied the vote: children, convicts and "lunatics".

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Tales from the Pack: Bob's Dogs

Fri, 24 Aug 2018

Bob Miller and his dog team sledged over 2,500km during the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Grateful for their efforts, Bob brought some of his dogs back to New Zealand - but some had to stay on the icy continent.

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Whalebone Armour Fit for a Chief

Tue, 07 Aug 2018

Fijian chieftains armoured themselves for battle with breastplates made of whale ivory. Called civa vonovono, these breastplates also had ceremonial use and were emblems of high status.

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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