For many of us, winter is a time of shivering through our time spent outside, finding refuge in a cosy blanket and a hot drink whenever we have a minute to relax.
Scattered throughout the Ashburton Museum photograph collection are a surprising number of pictures of people with their animal companions, which I often come across by accident while chasing up research requests.
Once again I have found myself enthralled by tales of Ashburton’s past, as told by Alex Hewson in his Once again I have found myself enthralled by tales of Ashburton’s past, as told by Alex Hewson in his 1918 reminisces, as well as Mary Anne Barker’s brief description of crossing the Ashburton River.
As winter comes to a close, let’s take a look back in time to the mid-to-late 1800s and see how our predecessors handled the colder months.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the town and district to a quiet halt in late March 2020, the team at Ashburton Museum were hard at work with a mixture of hands-on and digital projects.
History is full of small coincidences and connections, which is something the Ashburton Museum team encounters nearly every day.
While conducting some research for a member of the public, Senior Curator Maryann Cowan discovered the exciting legacy of yet another interesting Ashburtonian – that of Mr. James Russell Richardson.
Not only are medicine and doctors important in everyday life, but back when Ashburton was in its infancy, people often took up more than one vocation due to lack of residents – doctors included.
At the Ashburton Museum we are always eyes-deep in interesting photographs. Amongst the more than six million images that the Ashburton Museum team care for, we have a pretty decent set of photographs of the two squares that show their transformation through the decades.