The missing sounds of military commemorations

If people think of the most characteristic sound of a military ceremony, they probably imagine it to be a bugle sounding the Last Post. Yet Ashburton’s earliest ANZAC, and later Armistice, day commemorations were silent in this respect. The Last Post is the final call regulating a soldier’s day, and no doubt the most welcome... Continue Reading →

The missing sights of military commemorations

As we approach Armistice Day, we may reflect on how such war focussed events as Armistice and ANZAC day were commemorated. It is interesting to note that some aspects we think of as traditional were not originally associated with such events. Wreaths, perhaps the most common sight, were not present at the first commemorations. Generally,... Continue Reading →

The two Emily’s

This week the Ashburton Museum continues to highlight the many interesting and capable women who have contributed to our community. We celebrate two Emily’s who were included in last years exhibition to mark Suffrage 125 celebrations.   Emily Begg Emily Maria Hill was born at Wakanui in 1875 to Charles and Maria (nee Hyde), a... Continue Reading →

The stories of local women.

In our past Suffrage 125 exhibition Women of Power: Freedom For Change, we explored stories of just a few of our earlier women who made a change or impact in our community. The poster that advertised our exhibition featured Jamie Phillip a young woman who has been a local fire fighter. She is pictured opposite... Continue Reading →

The diversity of suffrage

Most will be aware that we were the first country to allow women the vote, although territories or states – such as Wyoming in America- were earlier. While we often hear the term ‘women’s suffrage’, some women, like some men, could vote much earlier than 1893. In 1876, the Municipal Corporations Act allowed ratepayers of... Continue Reading →

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

As we recently celebrated the passing of the Bill that allowed women to vote in New Zealand, we come across numerous mentions of the organisation known as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, also known as the WCTU. Some people may wonder what connection, if any, this group had with women’s suffrage. It’s easy to assume... Continue Reading →

A band in war-time

There were a few gaps in the ranks of the Ashburton Temperance Band when it joined a street parade to the Theatre Royal as a prelude to the town’s first patriotic concert on 19 August 1914 – a small sign bigger of things to come. For four years, war’s disrupting tentacles reached further and further... Continue Reading →

Up to no good

Practical jokes come with an inherent risk; they have the potential to go wrong. The way a prank can go wrong varies. Usually, hiding somebody’s personal belongings will only slightly annoy the victim, but even an act as innocent as that could end in an altercation. Then there are the more risky pranks – drugging,... Continue Reading →

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