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Being involved in a project celebrating such an important event as the 125th anniversary of Suffrage being given to the women of New Zealand has been inspiring. It is incredible that 125 years ago, New Zealand women successfully fought for the right to vote and made...

Lorraine Downes: New Zealand’s Miss Universe

“I feel like a princess.” Lorraine Downes, Miss New Zealand 1983 at the Miss Universe 1983 pageant via Te Papa Tongarewa. Lorraine was 19. The year was 1983. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited with Prince William, Dave Dobbyn had won Male Vocalist of the year at...

Pearl in White

Pearl Savin’s Batting Gloves, Christchurch, 1935. Image sourced via the New Zealand Cricket Museum, Pearl Savin Collection. Since 1910, the number of New Zealand women becoming interested and involved in cricket has steadily increased. This growing involvement created...

Margaret Cruickshank: The Beloved Physician

In the 1890s, New Zealand schools made progress towards equality by allowing young New Zealand women to have access to scientific areas of study. This, in itself, led to the rise in interest and further academic study in the sciences. Waimate Museum and Archives has...

Welcome to the Girls of Significance | Kōhine tāpua

After working months behind the scenes here at Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi, we are proud to announce the launch of Kiwi Chicks: Girls of Significance | Kōhine tāpua. Those who have followed us since the 2013 launch will know that Kiwi...

The Jones Collection of Children’s Clothes

Girl’s dress, CT08.4822.34, From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika. The Jones family baby and toddler clothes in the Owaka Museum collection date to the 1950s and 60s and were worn by three daughters, Pamela, Zelda and Vicki.  A number of...

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