Our Journey

2 Hawkhurst Road, Lyttelton. c. Lyttelton Museum collection

1969

Lyttelton Museum began life in the two-storeyed wooden Shipping Company headquarters building, 2 Hawkhurst Road.


2 Gladstone Quay, Lyttelton. c. Lyttelton Museum collection

1980

A growing collection and concerns about fire risk saw the Museum move to the then Merchant Navy Centre at 2 Gladstone Quay, where for the next three decades it continued to grow and develop.


" A magnitude 6.3 Earthquake damaged the building in 2011 beyond repair "


September 2010

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused significant damage to the Gladstone Quay premises and forced the Museum to close.

February 2011

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake damaged the historic brick building further, meaning it was no longer a viable repository for the Museum’s collection. 

July 2011

The Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade and staff from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (AFMNZ) rescued Lyttelton Museum’s collection as part of emergency recovery operations. Sadly, the building at 2 Gladstone Quay was demolished, leaving the Museum temporarily homeless.

2 Gladstone Quay after February 2011. c. Lyttelton Museum collection


Members of the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade rescue collection items from 2 Gladstone Quay c. Michael Davies

Members of the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade rescue collection items from 2 Gladstone Quay c. Michael Davies


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