North Otago Museum Blog

Featuring thoughts and ideas from the North Otago Museum.

  • 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.

  • Speed Queen Washer

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • Diary page from World War One Soldier George Grenfell

    In March 1918 George Grenfell arrived to serve in France. Before the war George worked as a cabinet maker. He had sailed from New Zealand in November 1917.

  • Thomas Meikle in World War One uniform with his wife Beatrice and their daughter.

    Thomas Meikle was working as a railway porter in Oamaru when the war started.

  • Surnames beginning with H in the North Otago Nominal Roll World War One from Gallipoli

    Of all the items in the North Otago Museum and the Waitaki District Archive connected with the First World War, I find this one the most moving.

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