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.

  • 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.

  • Société Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouets doll World War One

    This beautiful doll was made in France around 100 years ago. The maker was a company called Société Française de Fabrication de Bébé & Jouets.

  • Hampden Waianakarua Patriotic Quilt close up World War One

    The Hampden-Waianakarua Women’s Patriotic Association embroidered hundreds of names on this signature or autograph quilt. Projects like this were a popular fundraiser around the world during the First World War.

  • British propaganda medal in box Lusitania

    Propaganda is used to influence people. During the First World War the British and their allies used propaganda. They attempted to encourage hatred of the Germans to boost support for the war effort. Propaganda took many forms such as posters and speeches.

  • Rose of Jericho World War One Souvenir

    This intriguing object is a dried plant that was brought back from Egypt after the First World War.

  • Elizabeth Forrester nee Stevenson

    Elizabeth Forrester (nee Stevenson), made an impressive contribution to the war effort.

  • Dictators' Dinners - Debbie's current read

    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to a new series of book reviews, where staff highlight a book they're currently reading and talk about it.

  • Water bottles were an important piece of kit for the soldiers.

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