• One of MOTAT’s operational heritage trams which transport visitors between sites

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology brings our Heritage Alive

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Just a word to the wise: when considering a visit to MOTAT (and you should) don’t attempt to go there on a weekend when everyone else in Auckland has the same idea. MOTAT is set on 40 acres of land at the popular Western Springs Park – a destination in itself. It’s adjacent to Auckland [...]

  • Devonport Museum is housed in a re-sited church building adjacent to Mount Cambria reserve off Vauxhall Road

Behind the Scenes at the Museum(s)

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Behind every small museum across the country is an army of talented volunteers contributing to the national heritage through the protection and promotion of images, artefacts and taonga in their care. I was reminded of this when I visited two very different museums at Devonport recently: Devonport Historic Museum and Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. At [...]

  • Lloyd and Joan play a duet on Ignacy Paderewski’s 1897 Bechstein brought to New Zealand in 1904

A Fine Romance

October 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

L loyd and Joan Whittaker met at the local photographer’s studio when Lloyd was just 16 and his bride-to-be was 19 years old. He recalls that Joan was wearing a tartan dress and that she alone was sufficient reason for him to begin working there. They were united by a love of photography but bound [...]