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

Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori

Recent Acquisitions Summer 2006

The following are some of the treasures added to the museum’s collections in recent months:

 A map of the Native Reserve at Te Reinga, 1880.  Simply found in a book by the donor.
 Photocopied admission & Withdrawal Registers of Kokako School, 1897-1926
 1940s Gisborne school uniform items.  1924 PBRU cap

 PhD thesis: The pioneering press of Poverty Bay 1872-1914
 Some very important early 20thC memorabilia once the property of the late Chief Judge Robert Noble Jones
 Items once given as complimentary gifts by former local businesses, with their names inscribed on them.  A lasting memory that such a firm existed.
 A Minutes Book and a Ledger, ranging from 1907 to 1926, of the former Motu Cooperative Saleyards Ltd.  Saved from destruction by a whisker when a house was being cleared out. 
The museum is extremely grateful to all donors for remembering us before disposing of unwanted items

Recent Acquisitions Spring 2006

We have added a diverse range of items to our collections recently.  They include:

• many historic photographs. The most recent one was a 1918 image of a woman and child at the Wainui windmill

• archival records, such as those of the Tokomaru Bay Repertory Society which had a short but busy life in the late 1930s
• adze & grindstone
• oil lamps with an unbroken 100-year history with a Matawai farm
• books for our Research Centre library
• various schools’ magazines and other memorabilia
• several substantial Maori carved wood items
• invoices and receipts from many town and rural businesses long since defunct – thus tangible links to their existence, maybe the only ones left…
• several greenstone items
• programmes of local theatrical productions in the 1940s
• contemporary Maori art, courtesy of Prof. Jack Richards
• a dredge wheel once presented to Mayor Townley, gifted by Townley descendents in Australia
For these and many other items the museum is profoundly grateful to all who leave them in our care.  They are more pieces of the infinite jigsaw that is, and will continue to be, this region’s fascinating history.