Northern Advocate columnist Georgia Kerby is exhibitions curator, Whangārei Museum at Kiwi North.
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Early days of Whangārei petrol trade caught on camera
It took until 1913 for New Zealand to produce locally refined barrels of oil.
Remarkable photos of 1920s Northland charity parade
Donated photos record a 1922 charity parade along tidy clay streets of central Whangārei.
Photograph collection captures early taxi transport scene
Much like today, there were just a couple of taxi firms sharing Whangārei in the 1930s.
Theodolite, tripod and staff beautifully preserved
From the 1870s surveyors travelled the north mapping the region ahead of its development.
Handwritten Māori early 20th century diary, calendar on display
Ihaka te Tai's diary and maramataka are on display at Whangārei Museum during Matariki.
Surveyor's theodolite a finely crafted expert's tool
The theodolite has been dated to the 1940s-50s; probably a World War II surveying level.
Money belt's travels well documented in museum archives
The WWI belt travelled with its owner to New Zealand aboard the S.S. Ionic in 1926.
Little bottle but big player in history of medicine
Elden De Witt sold enough kidney pills to make a $300 million fortune.
Our Treasures: Josiah Martin 'Magic Lanterna' slides feature
Josiah Martin's lantern slides are on show at Whangārei Museum's 'Magic Lanterna' display.
'Magica Lanterna' research shines light on unique art form
Magic lanterns ran alongside new film projectors until the talking movies of the 1920s.
Tube needle case essential for quick mending on the go
Georgia Kerby: Sewing cases like this are referred to as an etui or a sewing necessaire.
Recipes, minutes show struggles of past still with us
The sentiments felt speak of economic struggles during post-war years from 1950s to 60s.
Needle books tell of sewing, alterations era long gone
Donor's mother Betty Taylor used the needles to sew uniforms for soldiers in World War II.
Reotahi freezing works big first step for Whangārei exports
The Whangārei Freezing Company's first shipment was exported in 1912 by the SS Kumara.
World War 1 poster encourages Kiwis to 'buy local'
History repeats - in 2020 we can support friends and families by buying 'locally made' .
Surrounded by heritage in Whangārei - did you know?
Let's work together to preserve our heritage for the future, says Georgia Kerby.
Cheavin's filters carved path to fresh, clean water
People still choose to filter their water and the need is an ongoing debate.
Romanticised tea caddy scenes 'never fail to catch my eye'
Stunning Victorian-era packaging when Mazawattee was the biggest tea brand in the world.
So much history bottled up in such a small artefact
Function and beauty combine in 1920s Nulli Secundus tape from UK stationery enterprise.
Absent photo info at museum a sad reality for researchers
Skilful eyes piece together missing details behind historical photographs at museum.
Our Treasures: Ink bottles in a class of their own
We've come a long way from the regular chore of refilling both ink wells and pens.
Our Treasures: Fitting tribute to hand cultivator company
Cultivators in collection remain characteristic of a pioneering and colourful company.
Whangārei 'Garden of Auckland' in the mid-late 1800s
Local fruit industry legacy preserved in Whangārei Museum archives.
Bottle use of past key to future packaging solutions?
Machine seals, makers' marks and wear from use helpful for analysing artefact history.
Our Treasures: Historic Clarke Homestead a marker in time
Glorat has survived the lives, losses and alterations of 3 generations of the same family.