A celebration of archives and industry, the Records and Archives Week (1-7 May) 2010 theme of “Industrious Kiwis” has inspired an exhibition at the Archives New Zealand Auckland regional office.
Auckland’s exhibition, ‘From whales to wine – the changing face of New Zealand industry’, focuses on how archives show the development of four New Zealand industries over time.
Auckland office archivist, Wendy Goldsmith said, “our exhibition is centred on whaling (catching and killing, to whale-watching), transport (trams and trolley buses, to motorways), gold mining (693 stamper heads in Thames, to environmental impact reports), and winemaking (home consumption, to quality export).”
One of the documents on display is an image of the Van Gelder’s Duplex Air Aspirating Grinder with Cyclone and Tubular Dust Collector. Wendy says, “this fantastically named machine, used for crushing gold ore, must have been a great improvement to the deafening stamper batteries of the 19th century.
“We have found our material in Customs records, company registration files, Wardens Courts records, Māori Affairs files, Department of Conservation files, and Mining Inspectorate records, among others,” said Wendy.
‘From whales to wine’ is running from 26 April to 21 May, and is open 9.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday.
The Archives New Zealand Auckland Regional office is located at 95 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere, Manukau.
Above image: From a page in a Waihi Inspector of Mines file, this image of the Van Gelder’s Duplex Air Aspirating Grinder with Cyclone and Tubular Dust Collector, is on display in the current 'From whales to wine’ exhibition.