- 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
The Flying Kiwi: A Photo Essay
Summary/AbstractThe Walsh Memorial Library currently has a selection of objects and archival material on display to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cliff Tait’s round the world flight in New Zealand manufactured, AESL Airtourer 115 “Miss Jacy.” The Library cares for the extensive photographic collection compiled by Cliff during this flight, which saw him away from his family from May — August 1969, something we’re all learned to grapple with during the COVID pandemic.
Redressing the Balance – A Brief History of Letter Balances and the Penny Post
Summary/AbstractDuring my recent research of MOTAT’s Weights and Measures Collection, the letter balances, or postal scales, stood out – when did they first become popular and how are they relevant to New Zealand’s history?
Leo White: The Man Behind The Whites Aviation Collection
Summary/AbstractThe Whites Aviation Collection spans some 70 years of history with categories covering the early aero clubs, trans-Tasman flights, the formation of the early airlines in New Zealand and other aviation events up to the 1970's.
Harold Piper — What’s in an Aviator’s Logs?
Summary/AbstractThe Walsh Memorial Library hold eight logbooks of Banks Peninsula-born pilot Harold Lord Piper (1899–1965). Log books are an invaluable record for any pilot — tracing the different aircraft types flown, distances and conditions they flew in.
Open access: Glass plate & lantern slide collection
Summary/AbstractAs we are all adjusting to increasingly ‘virtual’ means of learning, exploring and engaging with the world’s heritage, we’d like to highlight a collection recently digitised by the Walsh Memorial Library’s Assistant Librarian for Digitisation, Andrew Pettengell. This recent project is part of MOTAT’s continuous process to improve the access information available on Collections Online. We’ve recently uploaded copyright terms for over 7,000 photographic records now in the public domain. Over 3,000 of these have images attached, including ones from the rich glass plate and lantern slide collections cared for by the Walsh Memorial Library. Read on to uncover the process to catalogue, digitise & preserve this rich collection and showcase some of the various subject highlights.
‘You’ve kicked me’: Tram Conductresses
Summary/AbstractAuckland’s tramway was initially a public/private venture by the British Electric Traction Company in London and the Auckland Borough Councils but was taken over by the Auckland City Corporation in 1919. It flourished for 40 years but street tramways fell out of favour and were replaced by diesel and trolleybuses in a modernisation programme after the Second World War. Auckland’s last trams ran on 30 December 1956 (although they run regularly at MOTAT).