Albert Ager was an architect from Christchurch who briefly made his mark in Ashburton during the late 1890s and early 1900s. Ager trained at the School of Architecture at Canterbury College, Christchurch. It seems that before coming to Ashburton, he lectured at the School of Art. He delivered a series of lectures on the history... Continue Reading →
While for many the roaring twenties evoke thoughts about the USA, Great Gatsby and feather headbands, there is actually a lot to be said about the 1920s in New Zealand. Radio, cinema, gramophones, motor cars, electricity, fuel, the broadening of educational and professional sectors and cities were all expanding as ‘modern’ New Zealand came of... Continue Reading →
When managing a collection of photographs six million strong, you soon learn to expect the unexpected. In the time that I have worked with the collections at Ashburton Museum, I have come across a number of unique and interesting images which hold some novelty or significance beyond historical.
People are always trying to predict and speculate on the future – it’s often more important to us than the present. Whether we are thinking ahead at work, checking the weather, or making financial decisions, the future is always on our minds. The distant future, too, is often the subject of much discussion and thought,... Continue Reading →
Ashburton’s magistrate in 1879, Frank Guinness, a grandson of the famous brewer, was not afraid of controversy and had a strong, even extreme, sense of his own authority. When he wanted something, he usually got it. Sometimes, however, he was on the receiving end – especially when he met the Ashburton Wizard, who may have... Continue Reading →
In late 2019, the Ashburton Museum hosted Te Manawa Museum's popular exhibition ‘The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand’. It celebrated the outstanding contribution these inspiring women make to our nation’s social, cultural and political landscape. The Topp Twins relates well to our small town, kiwi can-do attitude common to many communities around New... Continue Reading →
In 2019, the exhibition Ashburton: Feels Like Home gave us a chance to overcome this difficulty. In the exhibition, we asked our visitors to tell us, in their own words, what makes them know they are home?
While increasingly English became the dominant language of New Zealand, these new New Zealanders were also interested in what gave their new nation a unique identity.
While researching for one of our past exhibitions, Ashburton: Feels Like Home, the team at Ashburton Museum got to know a lot of areas of our district a little better, through some very quirky stories, objects and archival records. Not everything we found made it into the exhibition, but we did end up with a... Continue Reading →
Ashburton District is lucky to have a wealth of museums – from the relatively large Ashburton Museum, Aviation, Vintage Car, Lynn Woodworking and Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museums, to the relatively small Staveley Museum, Mt Somers’ Foothills Museum, and Corwar Lodge near Barrhill. The Methven Heritage Centre includes several museum activities, including the New... Continue Reading →