Posts made in May, 2007


Posted on May 27, 2007 in Taonga | 0 comments

Russell Lights – Vol 10 Issue 11 – May 2007 Russell was a port of call for visiting whalers for over a hundred years. Russell Museum has a collection of whaling related items – harpoons, whalebones, a record of ships visits in the 1870s. Whalers had a lot of spare hours at sea and turned their hands to hobbies to fill the time. They used whatever was at hand and made items they could use or to take home as gifts to family. These examples are a ladle for a water cask made with half a carved coconut shell with a whalebone handle and a whalebone pipe rack. The small knife has a...

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Soldier Doll

Posted on May 15, 2007 in Taonga | 0 comments

Russell Lights – Vol 10 Issue 9 – May 2007 This doll is dressed in the uniform of a New Zealand soldier, South African War 1899 – 1902. Such dolls are very collectible as they were home-made. The New Zealand Army Museum at Waiouru, when they visited a few years ago, claimed they didn’t have one. New Zealand volunteers to this war totalled 6495 men and 8000 horses. 228 men died – 70 in action, 133 from disease and 25 in accidents. Three young men went from Russell: Private Ludovic Colquhoun who later served in WWI Private Henry Tapua Athelston Stephenson Private Alfred...

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