Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori


Nan Trueman

Nan Trueman, one of the museums many volunteers, has been honoured for her community work.

In recent years it has been a delight not only to nominate some of our volunteers for the Mayor’s Citizens’ Civic Awards (annual awards to the very special people who volunteer for our region's diverse organisations and communities) but that each nomination has been successful.  What a great team we have! Gwenda Crawshaw and Honorary Curator of Archives Pam Hall were previous recipients and we were delighted that Nan Trueman joined the elite group this year.

The gist of the citation we submitted is that Nan opted for early retirement some 11 years ago and entered a new world of unpaid service to the wider community. Nan does not drive, so she pedals from place to place on her trusty bike. She is never home: daily, morning and afternoon, her diary is full - and regularly juggled around because of double-bookings! Her community service has been, and in many cases still is, for a truly diverse range of organisations.

Before retirement Nan was already a true friend of the museum. However her passion all her adult life in several very specialist areas of knowledge, particularly in matters military and in numismatics, has now resulted in her being a greatly valued and truly indispensable volunteer because she works on projects for us that utilise this expert knowledge.  She comes here once a week and is quite a sight some weeks when she staggers off her bike with heavy reference books from home to assist in her research for us. The projects sometimes average two years to complete and the museum’s collections would be the poorer without her huge input.

However, as needs arise, she will unhesitatingly accept any job asked of her.

In addition Nan’s regular fossicking in second-hand shops for items for her own areas of interest can reap rewards for us, when she brings us items of yesteryear or even yesterday that many would not recognise as of interest and value to future generations.

Nan’s passion for history, her insistence for fine detail in her work for us and her sheer doggedness to follow mysteries through to a result that satisfies her exceptionally high standards, her keen interest in the museum’s endeavours – these and more have resulted in the museum staff holding her in the highest esteem.