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.

  • Washing Display

    Over the last few months we have been sorting out our washing collection. The collection gives a good overview of the technological development that occurred throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • VALE Washing Machine

    This very basic electric washing machine was donated to the North Otago Museum in 1994. The body is a tin case into which has been inserted a brass interior with a stainless steel rim.  At the bottom of the interior is a large element, next to which is a hole for the water to drain.

  • New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair

    One hundred years ago New Zealand soldiers were involved in the Battle for Chunuk Bair. This battle is considered New Zealand’s most important action in the Gallipoli Campaign.

  • Mangle

    Mangles were used to wring water from wet laundry. This one, manufactured by GH & G Nicoll in Dundee, is one of several in the North Otago Museum’s collection. Using a mangle after washing clothes considerably sped up the drying process.

  • Washboard

    Washing boards were a very early way of washing clothes. This washing board was sold by AJ Headland in his shop on Thames St around 1890. The frame is wood, while the grooves used to agitate and remove dirt are metal.

  • Building Bridges

    Various types of bridges were constructed out of cardboard, pipe cleaners, pop sticks and play dough in the Gallery during the Winter Holiday Programme. The session started with a tour of Ioan Grigores THE BRIDGE exhibition.

  • Pegdolls

    Wooden pegs were adorned with pom-pom skirts and silver tiaras at the North Otago Museum: MUSEUM OF ORDINARY THINGS: Washing Day exhibition during the winter Holiday Programme.

  • Swiftsure Washer

    The Swiftsure vacuum washer was patented by a subsidiary of the British Vacuum Company, founded by Hubert Cecil Booth in 1901. The vacuum washer was actually a posser (sometimes known as a dolly), a stick-like implement used to mix the washing when it was in a tub.

  • Our Souls at Night

    This installment of 'Current Reads' comes to you from our lovely Customer Services Co-ordinator, Brenda. Her current read is: Our Souls at Night by Kent Harut. You can find this book on our fiction shelves at the Oamaru Public Library.

  • Wooden Rocker Washing Machine

    This wooden rocker style washing machine consists of a cradle which slots into the circular base, standing on four legs. The interior is ribbed, and when water and washing has been put in, rocking the cradle backwards and forwards agitates the clothes, removing any dirt.

  • The Shadow of the Wind

    This installment of 'Current Reads' comes to you from our fantastic Community Services Librarian Jean Rivett.

  • David Maxwell and Sons Washing Machine

    This wooden hand operated washing machine dates from around the early 1900s. It was manufactured by the Canadian firm David Maxwell and Sons, who not only produced household items such as washing machines and churns, but also agricultural and harvesting machinery.

  • Speedway Washing Machine

    This Speedway washing machine would have been sold in New Zealand around 1930. It is a single tub washer, although there was also a twin-tub Speedway, which was a pre-cursor to the Hoovermatic. Our Speedway is a non-electric agitator style of washer made of galvanised tin with a copper exterior.

  • 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.

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