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Est. 1868: Hats off to fashion

Petite hats were the height of fashion in the 1870s. Honorary Curator Jane Malthus takes a closer look at the 19th century trend for tiny headpieces.

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stirn detective camera

est. 1868: Stirn’s Optimus detective camera

Designed to fit beneath a waistcoat, with only the lens showing through a buttonhole, this small-for-its-time camera provoked some interesting reactions when it launched in the 1880s. 

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preserving jar elastic

Est. 1868: Waste not, want not

Why does a preserving jar filled with elastic appear in the quirkiest category of est. 1868? Honorary Curator Jane Malthus explains.

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gladioli medals

est. 1868: A Champion Gladioli Grower

Curator Moira White explains why these medals, awarded by the Dunedin Horticultural Society, are part of the quirkiest category in est. 1868.

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Est. 1868: All the trimmings

Honorary Curator Jane Malthus unpicks the story behind the evening gown on display in the fanciest category in est. 1868.

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Est. 1868: Soapstone whio

Curator, Māori, Rachel Wesley takes a closer look at the story behind one of the items currently on display in the futurest case in est. 1868 – the carved soapstone whio.

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school shark

Est. 1868: In the Soup

The preserved school shark currently on display in our est. 1868 exhibition doesn’t look especially tasty, but shark is a popular dish on menus the world over. With this year’s World Food Day (celebrated 16 October) taking the theme “our actions are our future,” we take a look at how our appetite for shark is impacting its future.

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est. 1868: Love on the Forest Floor

The next instalment in our est. 1868 blog series: the mating game of kiwis.

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est.1868: A Walk on the Wild Side

In the latest instalment of our est.1868 blog series, Curator, Humanities Moira White explains why these rugged boots, now over a century old, are included in the deadliest category.


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10 September See blog

est. 1868: A Performance of Puppets

September is New Zealand Theatre Month. In a nod to all things theatrical, Curator Moira White explores the ancient Javanese tradition of wayang puppet theatre.

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