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Massive Moves and Lasting Letters

September 27, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come along for a special event celebrating the opening of two new exhibitions at the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum; The Art of the Letter and The Great Haulage Feat 1905-06: The Removal of the Wakanui Mill.

Hear from Senior Curator Maryann Cowan about the incredible feat in moving the Wakanui Flour Mill across town almost 120 years ago, as well as an even earlier massive move of the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission building.

Archivist Connor Lysaght will discuss some of the handwritten letters and diaries preserved in the Ashburton Museum and Historical Society’s collection, ranging from WWII soldiers’ letters to the everyday life of a teenage girl in Ashburton in 1902, which will be read aloud by guest speakers.


September 27, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum
329 West Street
Ashburton, New Zealand
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum
03 307 7890