The Art of the Letter

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

Before the advent of the internet, communication between people separated by distance took place in the form of a letter. Paper, pens, ink and envelopes were basic requirements to form a link to family, friends or colleagues, sharing news of the best and worst kind. Anticipation built during days, months or years of waiting, not knowing what…

The Great Haulage Feat 1905-06: The Removal of the Wakanui Mill

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

At nearly 16.5 metres tall and weighing 260 tonnes, the huge wooden Wakanui Flour Mill was hauled 10.5km from its original site at Whakanui to the corner of Kermode and West Street over 18 working days. Two traction engines pulled the building forward with the help of hardwood rollers, 10cm in diameter, positioned over tramway…

Suffrage in Stitches

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

This year, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand. When the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, this landmark legislation saw New Zealand become the first self-governing country in the world to give all women the right to vote. Curated by Wellington Museum, Suffrage in Stitches features a 300-metre long textile…

From Tasman Glacier to Table Service

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

For three Hakatere Ashburton men, Wilf Holland, Allen Kelly and Jack Pattle, an adventure awaited them at Aoraki Mt Cook in March 1958. They were tasked with cutting three blocks of clean white ice from a glacier and preparing them for shipping to New York. From Tasman Glacier to Table Service follows the journey of…

Sharing Histories | Gifts of 2023

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

Explore some of the treasured objects, archives, and photographs that were generously donated to and acquired by the Ashburton Museum and Historical Society in 2023. This annual exhibition will return each year, showcasing some of our most special and fascinating acquisitions of the previous year and exploring why they are significant to Hakatere Ashburton. Join…

A New Era: Ng King Bros. Chinese Market Garden Settlement

Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum 329 West Street, Ashburton, New Zealand

Sixteen years ago the descendants of the men who founded the Ng King Bros. Chinese Market Garden expressed their desire to share their land and the legacy of their buildings and stories with the community. Our new exhibition A New Era: Ng King Bros. Chinese Market Garden Settlement celebrates the restoration and February 2024 re-opening…