Acquisitions Oct-Dec 2009

This list covers acquisitions of archives and pictorial items acquired in the last 3 months of 2009. In the future lists of published items acquired will also be added.

Archives :

Calton Hill Primary School: Class photographs for 1953(MS-3319) added to ARC-0566.

Caselberg, John: 'R.A.K. Mason 1905-1971 - a record of his life and writings' (MS-3323). Two annotated volumes of Caselberg's draft biography of R.A.K. Mason.

Divett, Helen: Photoboards of Anzac Avenue and immediate surroundings (MS-3317). Includes photographs showing the buildings on Anzac Avenue as they were in 1982, the roads leading onto Anzac Avenue including Albany Street corner, the intersection of Lower Stuart Street, and the Harrow Street area.

Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand: Photographs of group exercising, school group (1940), and Roslyn Fire Brigade(MS-3322) added to ARC-0073.

Eyley, Claudia Pond: Letter from Robin White to Eyley, 15 January 1995(MS-3311) added to ARC-0615.

Good Samaritan Society, Mosgiel Branch: Minute book (MS-3306) 1971 to 1995.

Grater, Rodney, and Waugh, A.M.S.: ‘Students’ jubilee dinner to commemorate the jubilee of the opening of University classes on 10th July 1871’ (Misc-MS-2107). A dinner menu and toast list dating from 1921. It includes a list of attendee's signatures on the back.

Hamel, Jill: Three reports, relating to Taiaroa Head, Green Island, and Birch Street wharf(MS-3307, MS-3308). Added to ARC-0318.

Hamilton, Lila: Papers relating to Janet Frame (MS-3303). Consists of an audiocassette tape and transcript of an interview, some email correspondence and papers relating to personal reminiscences of Janet Frame.

J.K. Mooney and Company Limited: Further records (MS-3282). Includes business correspondence, Stewart family correspondence, photographs, and other records (1890s-1990s).

John Reid and Sons: Conditions of leasing farms on the Goodwood Estate (Misc-MS-2021). Tenders closed on 12 January 1910.

Kavanagh College: 2008 school magazine added to ARC-0312.

Mallard family: Papers relating to marine insurance, ships, shipping, and policing. Most of the papers date from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Related places include Greenwich, the Pacific, Port Chalmers, and Central Otago(MS-3298).

Mason, John: Chronology of the barquentine ‘Annie Bow’ (Misc-MS-2020). The 'Annie Bow' was a barquentine of 250 tons, built at Garmouth, Scotland in 1869. In the 1880s it was owned by Alexander White of Timaru, and operated as a cargo ship between Timaru and Australia.

McGeorge, Alexander Crow: Prospectuses and other papers relating to mining companies (MS-3281) added to ARC-0374. Most date from the 1890s and early 1900s.

Methodist Church of Otago/Southland: Further records (MS-3244, MS-3262, MS-3285, MS-3286, MS- 3287, MS-3292, MS-3293, MS-3294, MS-3295) all added to ARC-0048. Includes records of the Methodist Central Mission (including rest home records, scrapbooks, early photograph albums of Eventide Home, videotapes, reel-to-reel tapes and cassette tapes), Otago - Southland District Synod, and some individual churches. Also Cromwell Methodist church rolls, minute books and correspondence, and further Dunedin Parish records.

Moncrief-Spittle, Malcolm : Photocopy of a letter and poem from Hone Tuwhare to 'Babs' (MS- 3314) This item also includes a poem entitled 'A theme to work on (for Babs)'.

New Zealand Alpine Club: 'Memories of Ohakune Track in the 1940's' by Ashley Cunningham (MS-3305) added to ARC-0105.

Quertier family: Diary of Priscilla Quertier Diary (1869-1870) and transcript added to ARC-0616.

Renouf, Tony: Papers. Comic artist Tony Renouf lived in Dunedin in the 1980s and 1990s. He regularly contributed to 'Critic' and self-published the 'Umph' and 'Treacle' series of comics. The collection includes correspondence, sketch books, cartoons, publishing proofs, posters and poster art, book illustrations, and comics published by Renouf (MS-3278).

Roslyn Baptist Church: Photograph of John Hayward (MS-3304) added to ARC-0612.

Rural Women New Zealand (Inc.), Poatiri Branch: (MS-3321) Further financial and other records added to ARC-0159.

Taylor, Leah: Papers relating to Sister Lenna Button (MS-3313). This collection includes four photographs of Sister Button (1932-1936), a photograph of her grave in the RAF section of Star Lane Cemetery, Kent (1993), a photocopy of a group including Button (1928-1929), copies of newspaper articles, an obituary (1940), a copy of a 4ZB broadcast for the Church of the Helping Hand by Button (1936) and some biographical notes.

Tod, Frank: Papers mostly relating to Dunedin hotels, Waitati, Warrington, Seacliff, Evansdale, Merton, Waikouaiti, and Lionel Terry. Includes research papers and original photographs(MS-3289). Added to ARC-0374.

University of Otago: Further records of Registry and Central Administration (MS-3312, MS-3316), examination papers (1934-1947, 2007) added to ARC-0018.

Warburton and Hartley families: Correspondence (MS-3288) Mostly personal correspondence between Mabel Hartley and Elizabeth Warburton. Includes colourful details of life in Christchurch in the 1950s. Compliments Warburton family papers already held.

Williams, Rhoda Jane : Volume containing whakapapa, recipes and other family notes (Misc-MS- 2016). Mere Te Kaehe married Edward Fowler. Their daughter Mary, married Abner Clough Russell and it is believed that he commenced the diary in 1897, when they ran a shop and farmed at Ruapuke. It is understood that Mere Te Kaehe took over the diary at some point, but it is unknown when.

Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand, Dunedin Branch: Annual general meeting minutes, annual reports and financial statements (MS-3309, MS-3310) 2008-2009 added to ARC-0614.

Pictorial Acquisitions:

• 1 x painting by Kenneth Deas, Lookout Point, Dunedin, 1895, oil on canvas.
• 115 items, mostly paintings and works on paper as well as some posters and catalogues donated by Michael Hitchings and Maureen Hitchings Lewis.


• 54 prints recording participants at 1998 reunion of Robert Burns fellows.
• 20 prints of Maori artifacts from the Little Waikawa Bay area of Totaranui which were collected by Russian naval officers in 1820 and lodged in Russian museums.
• 1 album of 24 prints of Otago taken c. 1908.
• 2 postcard folders and a single postcard view of Port Chalmers.
• 64 negatives relating to workers’ camps at railway and dam construction sites at Beaumont-Miller’s Flat, Waipori Falls and Deep Stream c.1930.
• 28 glass plate negatives and 8 contact prints relating to Hall & Co. City [flour] Mills, Kensington, Dunedin, a model aeroplane club and Christchurch taken c.1910.
• 1 mounted print of the Port Chalmers Marine Band in 1950.
• 2 albums and 6 prints relating to the Randall family of Concord during the 1920s.
• 1 print of identified freezing workers at Burnside taken in the mid 1930s.
• 1 rolled panorama of staff at the Kempthorne Prosser fertilizer works at Burnside in the early 1930s.
• A collection of 35 portraits, about half relating to the families of Samuel and Claude Collins who were professional photographers in Dunedin in the early to mid twentieth century. The rest are cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards and early twentieth century portraits, some identified, by various South Island studio photographers.