Slow News Days

We are no strangers to uneventful days, and it is painful to imagine how much more boring these kinds of days were a hundred years ago. Old issues of the Ashburton Guardian contain a lot of what you would expect – local developments, war updates, and pages upon pages of agriculture-centric advertising. However, it seems... Continue Reading →

Social fabrics

To help tell the important Ashburton story of the Tekau factory we’ve relied heavily on contributions from the community. People have contacted the museum from far and wide, across New Zealand and from Australia, to share memories, garments, photographs and anecdotes about their love of Tekau garments and the Tekau experience. Tekau knitwear was more... Continue Reading →

Bugs, Rust and Dust Bunnies

We hope you enjoyed Easter. While some no doubt commemorated the religious festival, others will have seen the long weekend as an excuse to gorge on chocolate. Like Christmas, Easter doesn’t seem to make any sense to those who live in the Southern hemisphere. It’s all so topsy-turvy. Easter in the Northern hemisphere heralds spring,... Continue Reading →

Any New Zealander can immediately recognise where I grew up, thanks to my Southland accent. A former flatmate and I would often make frivolous bets. Anytime I lost, I had to say “Dirty purple work shirts” like a ‘normal person’. Some of us are proud of our New Zealand accents, and some of us consider... Continue Reading →

Hating summer People rave about summer. But this year it’s a bit hard to know from week to week if we are really having summer, or some other season. Early religions, such as the Celts, celebrated the ending of winter and the lengthening days, bringing warmer weather. But here in the southern hemisphere, with summer... Continue Reading →

What do you do for Halloween? Quite possibly you don’t buy decorations or festoon your home with pitchforks and slime. You or your children perhaps don’t wear a mask or scary costume to roam the neighbourhood, but perhaps you do get prepared and purchase lollies for other adventurous trick and treaters. It does seem, that of... Continue Reading →

Museum Discoveries in Croatia

I believe that one should take any opportunity that comes your way, so when I was invited to go to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a brief, but full on holiday, I took advantage of it.  The area I travelled through is very old and history is everywhere. Once there, I noticed that while... Continue Reading →

New People, New Perspectives

As a local, it is often hard to see the appeal of a town that you have lived in your entire life. It is often only when you leave and discover another way of life that you truly appreciate how good we have it here in Ashburton. Here at Ashburton Museum we have an exhibition... Continue Reading →

Adventure Travel

There is a common belief that our ancestors were largely stay at home, unadventurous, people with no inclination to travel far beyond their native parish.   The more you undertake family research, however, it becomes frustrating obvious that while some did remain in the place their ancestors originated, others moved further afield.  We have all heard... Continue Reading →

There's always a gripping last week of the Tour de France, that most famous cycle race of all, yet equally thrilling was an early classic of New Zealand road racing. The Timaru to Christchurch cycle race was established in 1899, four years before the famous Tour de France. It was regarded as the greatest cycling test of... Continue Reading →

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