25 Years: Building the Museum

25 Years: Building the Museum

After years of planning, fundraising and sponsorship development, construction of the Museum began in February 1992 when the Mayor of Auckland, Les Mills, donned scuba gear and ‘turned the first sod’. Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited were contracted to build the Museum using the designs of Malcolm Deighton and Jasmax Architects, with Magellan Group managing the project.

25 Years: Pre-Museum, Plans and Concepts

25 Years: Pre-Museum, Plans and Concepts 

The Museum was first proposed in 1980 by a group of like-minded individuals, many of whom were Auckland Harbour Board and Union Steam Ship Company members. It was to house the growing collection of maritime archives within the Auckland Maritime Society and Auckland Museum collections, while establishing a New Zealand maritime history collection and exhibition facility. 

International Archives Day

International Archives Day

To celebrate International Archives Day, we have asked Line in our Collections team to talk about her role here at the Museum:

Pecha Kucha vol. 52 - Where City Meets Sea

Richelle Kahui-McConnell speaking at Pecha Kucha at the museum.

The museum hosted a second Pecha Kucha on 23rd February 2017 in collaboration with Pecha Kucha Auckland. The event was inspired by the ‘At The Water’s Edge’ exhibition which was on at the Edmiston Gallery from November 2016 - February 2017. This Pecha Kucha was on the theme ‘where city meets sea.’ Presenters were:

The Mighty P Class Sailing Dinghy: Maker of New Zealand yachting legends

By Vincent Saunders
New Zealand is renowned for its sailors and their dominance in the fiercely competitive international sailing arena. Events, such as the America’s Cup and Whitbread trophy races, the Admirals Cup, Kenwood Cup and the Southern Cross Cup, have been won by New Zealanders. These sought after yachting heroes have gained a stellar reputation around the world for their sailing ability winning more than 60 world titles and 18 or more medals for New Zealand.

Hal Wagstaff: Architect and boat designer OBE, FNZIA

Hal Wagstaff

Earlier this year, Hal Wagstaff visited the New Zealand Maritime Museum. At the time, he was planning on attending the World Moth Championships to be held in Hayama, Japan and he promised to send us a photo or two from his trip. A few months later, he supplied the photos and curator, Jaqui Knowles, sat down with him to have a chat. 

1. A Boating Family 

The Hamer Plan for the Port of Auckland

Freeman's Bay circa 1912

By Marleene Boyd

The year is 1904, the place is the Waitemata Harbour of Auckland and the plan is to design a port that will meet the ship, passenger and cargo needs of Auckland for the next 30 years.

Mr W. H. Hamer was appointed Engineer to the Auckland Harbour Board (AHB) in 1903. His previous position had been Resident Engineer, London and India Board, Royal Victoria and Albert Docks, London, UK. 

W. Hamer

John ‘Jack’ Brooke and youth sailing in New Zealand

Twelve of the foundation members of the Wakatere Canoe Club, Devonport 1928. John Brooke in centre. Photo courtesy of Wakatere Boat Club.

By Rebekah Clements 

If you’re a young Kiwi sailor (or were!) it’s likely you’ve spent some time in a boat designed by John Balmain Brooke, known as Jack. Always concerned with making sailing as accessible as possible, he designed some of our most well-known and loved sailing boats including the Frostbite, Sunburst and the Spirit of Adventure.

From the Collection: My Favourite Piece

WINDWARD souvenir; cruise of the yacht WINDWARD Easter 1913  (L1997.65.1) Courtesy of the Edmiston Trust

For Easter I thought I’d share my favourite thing in the New Zealand Maritime Museum collection, on loan to us from the Edmiston Trust.

This beautiful bound album of watercolours was decorated and presented to William Swinnerton as a “as a token of esteem” by Albert H. Hooper.  It documents a cruise taken by Hooper and Swinnerton at Easter in 1913, with decorated pages and watercolour paintings of the locations they visited.  The cruise was to Great Barrier Island, Cape Colville and the Coromandel.