Culture Waitaki Blog

The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum, Waitaki District Libraries and Waitaki District Archive.

  • Kids Book Club

    Welcome to the first blog detailing what we get up to at Kids Book Club every month.
    Kids Book Club is for any 8-12 year olds who love reading, talking and learning about books.

  • Liz King

    Kia ora
    It is with great pleasure that I would like to let you know I am the new Educator for the Forrester Gallery and North Otago Museum. I am new to the role and have come from a teaching background as having taught and am still teaching Art in many Waitaki Schools.

  • This installment of 'Current Reads' comes to you from our fantastic Community Services Librarian Jean Rivett. Her current read is: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

  • Speed Queen Washer

    Speed Queen washing machines are made by the American company Barlow and Seelig Manufacturing.

  • Two years ago, Bridget Ellis and Lynley Caldwell performed together for the first time to raise funds for a benefit concert in Hampden.

  • Ordinary objects can sometimes turn out to be extraordinary. This can be because of the stories that accompany the object, or perhaps because of the object’s rarity or value. This is certainly the case for many of the North Otago Museum’s everyday objects!

  • Today we were very lucky to host father and daughter duo, Rick Loos and Elaine Henneveld. Elaine, a student of Waitaki Girls High School and member of the Waitaki Girls Choir and Youth Orchestra also writes, sings and plays her own songs.

  • Joseph Balfe came runner-up in last year's New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, and this year he is in contention again - hopefully for first place. We were lucky enough to host him today at the Oamaru Public Library for NZ Music Month.

  • We were very fortunate today to host the Waitaki Girls High Singers, who sang a medley of old and new time favourites.

  • Over the last few weeks we have had our first two Reading with Willow sessions. The children that attended have loved it. We are really happy to hear that the children are enjoying it and growing in their reading confidence.

    Here are some of their comments:

  • Today, for NZ Music Month, the Oamaru Public Library hosted Frank Ramirez. Frank has been playing music for 35 years and in the last 15 has been busking to make a living. His music is soulful and entertaining and his guitar playing is technical and beautiful.

  • This month the Oamaru Public Library is celebrating New Zealand music month by hosting some very talented musicians. This week's musician is Phil Powers, a kiwi folk singer and songwriter who started playing and writing in 1973.

  • Memorial Boards

    North Otago Museum holds around thirty memorial and honours boards. Honours boards have come from schools, clubs and societies, whilst the memorial boards pay tribute to soldiers killed.

  • Photos of Stanley Murcott and souvenir cloth World War One

    Many soldiers bought embroidered items like this cloth to send home to their mothers, sisters, wives or sweethearts.

  • Leslie Heron Beauchamp in World War One uniform

    Quanti est sapere or How valuable is wisdom is the motto of Waitaki Boys’ High School. The school was founded in 1883 and during the First World War period the school was headed by

  • Ardgowan Weston Red Cross Quilt World War One

    The Ardgowan-Weston Red Cross made this quilt during the First World War. It was probably made between 1915 and 1917.

  • Album page with picture of Bill Slater above and George Glen below

    The day I first saw this collection item I knew it was something special. I wasn’t expecting it. When I was opening a box looking for a different World War One related item, I found this instead.

  • George Samuel Frame World War One paybook

    One lives on deep levels
    One takes sharp turns in a time like war
    And all through life:-
    I see a Cross
    Where Sons of God yield up their Breath
    There is no Life except by Death

  • PH helmet gas mask World War One

    I find gas masks one of the most evocative World War One items. Looking at a gas mask makes me consider the horrors of being gassed. This gas mask would have been issued to a soldier during World War One. They were called PH helmets. The PH stood for phenate hexamine.

  • Replica World War One Woollen Socks

    “I washed five pairs of socks that afternoon, and hung them out to dry on the fence by my hut and watched them for a few hours with a jealous eye as some of them were fine knitted ones from Oamaru.