Changes

We love nothing better than to change things around and provide new displays for our repeat visitors.  One of our up-and-coming ideas requires an old fashioned cash register.  Do you have one?  Or know where we can get one?  Please contact us if you can help.

And yes the rumours are true – we plan to open the room at the back of the museum to the public.  The impressive Jock White Collection of radios will be available for viewing (among other things), along with what we hope will be the continuing development of working telecommunication displays.

Our on-line database

Our small group of volunteers is busy working behind the scenes to electronically catalogue every item in the museum.

A feature of this website is that it will enable you to access images and details of many of our museum exhibits. The exhibits are sorted into collections within the database, and an image of each item is included.

Try this for yourself,  <a href=”http://www.bluefish.co.nz/virtual_exhibit” target=”_blank”>click here to open our on line catalogue in a new window.</a>

Musings from the visitors book

Browsing through our visitors book makes interesting reading. The current book dating from March 2004 shows that visitors come here from all round the country and all round the world.  The latter mainly from England, others from Canada, United States, Australia, Poland, Sweden, Holland, Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.  The comments are as varied: Very well presented; So much in such a little place; Amazing, the valves! Why hasn’t Feilding a museum like this?; What a splendid revamp, congratulations; Loved the old ‘phones and radios; A good place to potter; Excellent; So happy to come back;   Good research material; Very interesting, great hosts, wonderful collection.

“Keiths Road” – 2011 ANZAC display

Keith Watson (pictured) joined us on ANZAC day to celebrate this exhibition, which followed his journey through life and war.

Through Halfaya Pass in North Africa to ‘La Strada’ in Italy, Lance Corporal Keith Watson drove for the length of the New Zealand campaign during WWII… and then some.

Following the African campaign he participated in the parade for Winston Churchill, witnessed the bombing of Monte Cassino and was on active service at the end of the war in Europe. Serving for almost five years, Keith has many a story to tell.
When not interrupted by war he kept bees, raced boats, turned wood into art, raised a family and grew flowers.
A contrast if ever there was one.

THANK YOU Keith, for the opportunity to tell your story and show the life of a soldier at war and during peace time.