New music, old instrument – #71

New music, old instrument – #71

For a brief time today, Russell Museum was filled with music of a “historical kind” as its Harmonium or American Parlour Organ was put through its paces by a young visitor from Brisbane.  This imposing cedar giant, seven foot high, with a width at keyboard of 3 feet 8...
Cooks and Whale Tales  – #72

Cooks and Whale Tales – #72

In 1791, the British whaler William and Ann, under American Captain Bunker’s command, hunted whales in New Zealand waters.  News that whales were plentiful spread and British and American interests began developing the South Pacific whaling grounds, with the British...
Weighing Up the Past  – #75

Weighing Up the Past – #75

In February 1996, Russell’s old crane was placed on Russell Museum grounds where it currently stands, retired, but still in the public eye. Replaced by the Northland Habour Board with a newer model, Russell’s old crane was restored in a joint effort, sandblasted by...
S. S. Clansman’s Northern Run – #76

S. S. Clansman’s Northern Run – #76

For fourty-seven years the S. S. Clansman, owned by the Northern Steam Ship Company, ploughed through calm and stormy Northland waters, transporting passengers, and occasionally livestock, to coastal destinations further north.  In fog or fine weather the Clansman...