This exhibition honours the centennial of the 'war to end all wars', World War One (1914 - 1919).
By the end of the war almost 2,500 men and women from the province had served overseas. Most men were enlisted in the New Zealand armed forces, but some enrolled with the Australian and British forces, and a smaller number served as nurses and chaplains. This number does not include: those from Marlborough or northern West Coast who were part of the same military district; some of those who served in the British navy or air forces; the merchant navy; volunteers with the Red Cross; or others directly associated with the war effort. Those left behind raised funds, made up parcels, wrote letters, and kept the province running - all the time fearful of a telegraphed message bearing news of death or injury of a loved one.
The Nelson Provincial Museum is proud to bring you Collections Online the Museum's online public access catalogue.
This online catalogue lets you search over some of the many collection items held by the Museum.
Being the oldest museum in New Zealand, Nelson Provincial Museum has a long proud history. As the Museum has moved from one home to the next over the last 170 years it has become the guardian of a nationally significant Collection. For perhaps the last two decades a series of reports have addressed the issues of quality and quantity of available storage. The most recent report by OCTA Associates provided the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust with a recommended option to redevelop the Isel Park Research Facility. This option was presented to the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council and was discussed at Council meetings. Collection storage has been included as a project in the next LTCCP Nelson City Council. The OCTA report and an update can be downloaded here (PDF format).
The WW1 Service Database is now live on the Museum's website. The database lists the names of more than 2500 men and women from the region who served during the First World War. The database is the end product of many years work by regional researchers and genealogists and includes nurses, soldiers, Padres, and those men and women who served with Australian forces, the Royal Navy and the flying services of England.More >>
At our central city location, TA445, the Lower Gallery leads visitors through an exploration of Te Tau Ihu, top of the South Island from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay.Cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Sts, Nelson
This redeveloped exhibit, pictured above, portrays the amazing migration of the bar-tailed godwits and includes both a stuffed bird and a flying model.