Harbour People - Christine Wilson

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Harbour People - Christine Wilson

The Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō community is what we’re about – Harbour People, Places and Stories. So we’re regularly going to have a chat to someone connected to the museum and/or the community and share their stories with you.

Christine Wilson is Chair of the Lyttelton–Mt Herbert Community Board and so much more..

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Object of the Month - Laundry Iron

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Object of the Month - Laundry Iron

As you wield your steam iron (or better still ignore the need for ironing altogether) spare a thought for generations of housewives and servants, for whom laundry was a heavy and time-consuming business.

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Diary Entries 29 March - 25 April 1917

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Diary Entries 29 March - 25 April 1917

Thurs 29 March 1917

Revalli 6.30. Breakfast seven. We had small piece of bacon & bread & butter for supper.  Tea is drunk out of large bowls.  We were paraded for our equipment this morning it is all new gear.  The list of our shortages was taken for a new issue,  All our badges had to be taken off & our hats peaked.  We was inspected by Colonel in Charge of our camp.

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Diary Entries 9 February - 28 March 1917

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Diary Entries 9 February - 28 March 1917

Fri 9 February 1917

Got up at 7.10. I have a wash in a pannican of fresh water every day now as every man is allowed a certain amount for drinking.  Light wind blowing fine day small swell running. Had good dinner today got some hash from the Sgts. Mess.  Lecture semaphore & physical drill this afternoon we had knot tying & I showed how to splice an end of soap them we had physical drill till 4 pm.

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Harbour People - Baden Norris

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Harbour People - Baden Norris

The Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō community is what we’re about – Harbour people, places and stories. So each month we’re going to have a chat to someone connected to the museum and/or the community and share their stories with you. We’re starting with the man who got the Museum going …

Happy Birthday Baden!

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Object of the Month - Collett's Cough Elixir

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Object of the Month - Collett's Cough Elixir

James Bruce Collet, "Bruce" was born in Lyttelton in 1920. He attended the Lyttelton Main School before going to high school in Christchurch, having to catch the train each day. He then joined his father in the pharmacy business, working in his shop on the corner of London and Oxford Streets while attending technical college at night in Christchurch.

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London Street ca. 1865

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London Street ca. 1865

The photo gracing the Lyttelton Museum calendar this February shows London Street looking west from the Oxford Street Intersection ca. 1865. 

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