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.
New Zealand suffered from mass unemployment and riots as economic despair gripped the country, but for a portion of those looking for work, the solution came in the form of work relief schemes.
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.
The Ashburton Museum is home to countless documents, diaries, pamphlets and books – we seem to have examples of just about every kind of archival material relating to Ashburton District and its history.
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 →
While the team at Ashburton Museum were working on Ashburton: Feels Like Home, our 2019 Spring exhibition, we became even more interested than usual in all the things that make this district feel special and familiar. Home is a big theme, and it was especially interesting trying to tease out the myriad sights, ideas, experiences... Continue Reading →
Charles Hopetoun Tindall was a well-known photographer working from a studio in East Street, Ashburton. His work has been featured many times in these blog posts, including many many portraits of Ashburton locals. This week, brought to you by the letter B, the images on this page show that it was not only people that... Continue Reading →
The early history Gardening has a long and important history in New Zealand. Starting with the first Māori settlers in around 1400 and then European settlers in around 1800, gardening was an essential part of everyday life because of crops like kumara, potatoes and yams being a main part of people's diets. While Māori... Continue Reading →