Three new projects

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Cobbler Display

Before the industrial era, shoes were made from leather, wood, rubber, plastic or jute and other natural materials. Each shoe was made one at a time by hand. Our new Cobbler Display provides vast examples of Lasts, antique shoe forms (wooden and iron), a selection of cobbler tools, shoe repair equipment and more, everything you would find in a Cobbler Shop before the 19th Century when the process of shoe making had been almost completely mechanised.
The Cobbler Display was kindly constructed with the help of David Kilgour who is a resident in Raupo Bay, Chorlton. David is skilled in shoemaking or Cordwaining (English Term for Shoe Making). We would like to thank David for his efforts and for volunteering his time to give demonstrations of shoe making to our Tour Groups over the busy season.
The display was opened on Waitangi Day 2015, and can be located in the Colonial Hall.
Kawatea Display

Around the 1600’s, a family of Maori Origin, of Ngai Tahu Iwi descent, landed at Kawatea which is aptly known now as Little Okains Bay. They arrived with their Chief, Moki, on his waka, Makawhiu. Some of the artefacts from this location can be found in our Museum in the Whare Taonga Building.
The Kawatea Display gives a representation of Chief Moki sitting at the beach, with the use of an amazing life like mannequin.
This display was kindly put together by Gillian Thacker, daughter of Murray Thacker (Founder) and her husband, Bob Boughton. Both Gillian and Bob have put a lot of their time into the Museum over the years and we would like to acknowledge them for their efforts by saying ʻThank youʻ to you both.
The display can be found in the Maori Canoes Shed.
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Little River Gaol Display

The Little River Gaol has undergone a makeover and now provides visitors with a doorway into the history of one of Canterbury’s most well respected officer’s - Constable David Sterritt (DCM). Constable Sterritt served in the Police Force for over 38 years, and whist serving in the First World War was awarded with the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The artefacts and photographs were kindly donated by Rosalie Sterritt (WD), daughter of Constable David Sterritt (DCM). The display was beautifully put together by Warrick Nicholl, who also served in the Police Force, and who has given up his own time over the years to help the Museum. We appreciate your help Warrick, and we would like to thank you for this.