A Tribute to: T.L.Rodney Wilson CNZM
Founding Director – Hobson Wharf: New Zealand National Maritime Museum from 1989 to 1994, now Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum.
Rodney came to us from the Director, Auckland Art Gallery and left us to become Director, Auckland War Memorial Museum and lead its major atrium redevelopment. In 2006 the NZ Herald named him their New Zealander of the Year.
Rodney’s own words capture the extent of the work he carried out so effectively that resulted in the widely acclaimed national maritime museum that New Zealanders and visitors now share.
“This was the ultimate "green fields" project. Commenced with no collection, no site, no staff and no money, (Rodney Wilson) acquired a prime central city waterfront site, assembled an impressive collection, raised the money, and built an array of buildings on a wharf and associated shore front, with jetties, marina and floating boat shed. Active workshops demonstrating maritime trades in action were included as well as a fascinating range of exhibits. More than 20 boat builders worked on the restoration of small craft, keel boats and powered vessels, while also building the first authentic trading scow to be built in seventy years, the "TED ASHBY"."
What he omitted to state was that the maritime museum opened on time and under budget.
New Zealand National Maritime Trust Board and Executive Team.