Season’s Greetings: Holiday Memorabilia from the Collection

Holiday greeting cards are synonymous with the season, and over the years, whether home or abroad, Ashburtonians have made sure to pass along their Christmas wishes to friends and family. The Ashburton Museum & Historical Society Collection contains a number of Ashburton-themed Christmas cards, as well as various photos and memorabilia relating to Christmas in Ashburton. While the spirit of the holiday season is in all of us, let’s take a look at some Christmas-themed items from the AM&HS Collection.

Meri Kirihimete and Happy Holidays from the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum team!

Ashburton Silver Band members on Christmas morning, early 1920s. Photo reference 03.1985.0770.

Wills Street Primitive Methodist Church Christmas card. Archive reference 05.2010.0864.

Ashburton postcard with inscribed Christmas greeting, 1910-1920 approx. Archive reference 05.2009.0181.

Postcard showing the Roman Catholic Convent, with an inscribed Christmas greeting. Archive reference 06.2016.0358.

Velvet table cover with tassels, ‘Souvenir of Egypt’ with New Zealand ‘Onward’ insignia, 1940, with Christmas greeting. Object reference 05.2009.0543.

Postcard of Baring Square East, post office in background, with inscribed Christmas greeting. Archive reference 06.2016.0358.

Framed collage, “Xmas Greetings from Lake Coleridge, 1913.” Archive reference 01.1979.0425.

Front of embroidered Christmas card, sent by Doug Tilley to his mother who lived in Wills Street, Ashburton, while he was in England during the First World War. Object reference 03.1984.0830.

By Connor Lysaght

Unless otherwise stated, photographs and research materials on this page are owned by the Ashburton Museum & Historical Society Inc.


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