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Taranaki Punch

Published by Garland William Woon. Taranaki Punch was published 16 times between October 1860 and August 1861. The magazine gives a unique insight into the frustration and disenchantment of local settlers over the Government and military’s handling of the First Taranaki War.  Named in honour of...

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New Plymouth Harbour Board

The archival collection of the New Plymouth Harbour Board was formally donated to Puke Ariki in March, 2009. The majority of this collection was deposited as a permanent loan to the Taranaki Museum in 1985, with a second deposit in 2002. The collection consists of a boxed document collection, a...

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Elsie Andrews' Diaries

Elsie Euphemia Andrews was a champion for women. She sought equal pay for female teachers, made stirring speeches on women's rights and called for peace in the middle of a great war.   Born at Huirangi on 23 December, 1883, she grew up to be one of New Zealand's most outspoken feminists of the...

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No Ordinary Snapshots - Pictures by Robert E. Wells, 1924-1958

In December 2003 Robert Wells gifted two albums of photographs to Puke Ariki, one containing family photographs and the other comprising prints exhibited by Wells at the New Plymouth Camera Club.  A selection from the latter album is featured here.   These photographs were all taken between 1924...

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"Our dear son and brother": William David Kemp

On 13 August, 1915, 23-year-old William David Kemp, 12/774, was killed on the slopes below Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula.  The W.D. Kemp collection of artefacts and archives was donated to Puke Ariki by his sisters and comprises objects carried by him in battle and those that came to...

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