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Posts made in January, 2015

Shaped By The Sea

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Exhibitions | 0 comments

Extended until August 31st 2015 This exhibition explores the maritime history of Russell from a social perspective – how a small girl reacted to visiting American whale ships, how whaling embedded itself in one family’s history, how being surrounded by the ocean has shaped the lives of residents from the earliest times right up until today.

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A Welcoming Light

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Heritage | 0 comments

Russell Lights - Volume 10 - Issue 13 - June 2007 # 35 This photo of Cape Brett lighthouse was taken from a set of glass plates given some years ago to the Russell Museum by Lillian Woodcock. They date from the 1920s. The photos were developed for us by Laurence Aberhart. Cape Brett lighthouse was built in 1909 and electrified in 1955. It was manned by three keepers who lived on site with their families until installation of an automated light in 1978.  Supplies came in by sea and there was a rough track to Rawhiti. Major restoration over the last few months included removing layers of old paint, new glass, doors and ladders, and better access to the boat landing. Department of Conservation who care for  the lighthouse hope to have open days later in the year. A book that tells of the lighthouse life (including Cape Brett) has just been reprinted by its author Mabel Pollock and will be available from July in the Russell Museum...

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An inherited lot

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Heritage | 0 comments

Russell Lights - Vol 11 - Issue 24 On the edge of the Russell museum grounds, by the York Street frontage, there stands an elegant lamp post.  A bit weathered, it now plays host to a few lucky spiders and the occasional bird looking for a resting place.  Originally from Auckland, the lamp post was brought to Russell by the Garlands in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The Garlands were photographers and lived in a house (now South Sea Arts) next to the Four Square shop block/doctor’s dispensary.  As the house passed from owner to owner, so did the lamp post.  When Mr Des Smith bought the house he decided the lamp post, which still bore the sign “The Studio” wasn’t needed, and gave it away. Two young artists, opening up their art gallery on the corner of York and Chapel Street on the 17th December 1967, were the recipients.  James or Jim, as people called him, and Pauline Yearbury, had the lamp post installed outside their art shop, “The Colonial Gallery”.  This talented team of artists contributed to the art world in creating their now famous incised and stained wood panels of Maori legends and the book with poems titled “The Children of Rangi and Papa: The Maori Story of Creation”.  Jim and Pauline also inspired the Russell community, especially youth who spent time with them: they encouraged them to be creative, to understand that knowledge was their friend and to be resourceful.  The art gallery was pulled down to make way for the Tavern car park, and Jim and Pauline shifted the lamp post to their Matauwhi home.  When Pauline died in May 1977, Jim gave the post to the Museum and a lamp, made by Roley Johnson and Gerald Wall was added.  Farewell...

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Rosamund Scoffham

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Trustees | 0 comments

A member of the Trust Board since 2007. Rosamund was born in Thames and brought up in Auckland. She spent many years overseas due to her husband’s work as a geophysicist. She lived in West Africa, South America, the Middle East and the U.K. She has always been an active member of a wide variety of committees and organisations. Before returning home, to New Zealand, she undertook a History of Arts degree in the U.K. Rosamund is active in the Russell Community as a volunteer in the Enterprise Russell Charitable Trust and as a committee member of the Okiato and Te Wahapu Ratepayers and Residents Assn. Her aims as a trustee are to support the management and governance of Russell Museum and its surrounding...

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Stephen Western

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Trustees | 0 comments

Elected to the Trust Board in 2010. Stephen is a talented professional photographer and local businessman running Russell-based Kingfisher Yacht Charters with his wife, Sue, as well as his photography business. Born in Devonport and brought up in Mt Roskill, Stephen spent 28 years as an insurance broker in Takapuna and he and Sue spent three years as owner/operators of Furneaux Lodge, Marlborough Sounds. From 1967 Stephen cruised many times to the Bay of Islands finally deciding to stay because he “liked the smell of the place”. Stephen records history daily through his photography. ” You don’t know where you’re going till you know where you’ve come from” he says “History is important.” Stephen’s interests are: sailing, photography and assisting Russell with gathering and preserving its...

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