- Nomenclature 40
- 07 Tools & Equipment for Transportation 21
- Rail Transportation Equipment 9
- Rail Vehicles 8
- Aerospace Transportation T&E 7
- 05 Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology 6
- 08 Communication Artifacts 6
- 01 Built Environment Artifacts 5
- 06 Tools & Equipment for Communication 5
- Land Transportation T&E 5
- Motor Vehicles 5
- Streetcar 5
Some Assembly Required: A Brief History of Early Ford Assembly in New Zealand
Summary/AbstractIn the 1930s, New Zealand had a thriving car assembly industry. While this is no longer the case today, New Zealand still has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world. In 1939, New Zealand was second only to the USA for car ownership.
Summary/AbstractDuring the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that re-emerged was the appreciation of a more slow-paced life. This resulted from having more time at home due to people’s movements being restricted to their neighbourhoods. People had more time to spend in the garden and exercise through, walks, running, biking and/or scooter rides within their bubbles. With the lack of takeaway options, home cooked meals and baking became more common;, this also included the act of preserving food.
A Polarising Sauce: The Essence of Anchovies
Summary/AbstractIn 2017, MOTAT received the donation of an unopened bottle of sauce carrying the title “Essence of Anchovies”. At first it may seem an unusual object for MOTAT's Collection, so let’s take a closer look at the unique history of this object.
The Trekka: A utility vehicle for the New Zealand market
Summary/AbstractThe Trekka is the only vehicle designed, built, and mass-produced in New Zealand using an imported Škoda Chassis from Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia). The idea was to locally produce an affordable vehicle in response to the highly regulated import policies pursued by New Zealand Governments since the early 1950s, which made new cars scarce and expensive.
In Stitches: A Selection of Sewing Machines
Summary/AbstractIn use since the late 1700s, sewing machines have been a key component in both domestic and industrial technology. Contributing to the industrial revolution, providing uniforms for war, and altering domestic duties; sewing machines have evolved with social change throughout history. Often associated with the popular Singer name, sewing machines have become a symbol of women’s work, clothing production and factory jobs. It is interesting to note sewing machines were not manufactured in New Zealand but imported and sold under license by New Zealand retailers. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) Collection has a variety of sewing machines, which represent New Zealanders links with these, once essential, domestic appliance and reveal a unique side business for vehicle manufacturers.
The Life & Times of a well-travelled Steam tram Engine - No.100 - celebrating 130 years of age
Summary/AbstractBuilt in 1891 by the well-known engine manufacturers Baldwin Locomotive Works, read about the history of MOTAT's Tram 100.