Poems from the Birthday Book

Jessie Kirkness’ Birthday Book In order to illuminate more of the fascinating stories within the Birthday book brought to New Zealand by jessie Kirkness, we have included some of the writing and poetry below. All of the spelling is original, so there are a few...

The Birthday Book

Forfarshire at dock in Dundee, Scotland. Without correspondence or diaries it is very hard to imagine how a twelve-week sea voyage in 1883 would appear to an eleven year old girl embarking from the Orkney Islands to a new life in the colony of New Zealand. We are...

Best Dress

Child’s Dress, Te Papa Tongarewa, Gift of Shelley Venimore (née O’Brien), 2011. The new Kiwi Chicks exhibition has provided the opportunity to show off some of Te Papa’s childhood collection, in many cases for the first time. There are some real gems crying out to be...

Kiwi Chicks Inspire New Zealand

‘Bride on the Suffragette Steps’, Khartoum Place, Auckland Central, 19th January 2008. Photographer: Gerald Shacklock. As unique as kiwis are to this land, so are the girls who have grown up here. Aotearoa New Zealand has a rich history of experiences for...

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