Thank You to Our Funders!

The museum has been hard at work updating its exhibits. About this time last year we started on the installation of our new horticulture and transportation exhibit. The Fruit Garden of New Zealand, which opened in October 2012, was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Lion Foundation. This year the Lion Foundation has been instrumental in helping us get our collection photographed. We have been able to hire a part time assistant to photograph the collection. This year we are continuing with the redevelopment of our permanent exhibits and will also be producing a new exhibit on the tobacco industry. The projects are made possible in part thanks to grants from the Lottery Grants B

A Bit About our Lassie

Our beloved Lassie is a 1929 Caddilac La Salle 340 V8. She was originally purchased in 1930 by W T Evans who gave her the nickname Lassie. About a decade later Bert Hickmott purchased our Lassie. In the 1940s and 50s she was used as a school bus in the Riwaka and Brooklyn areas. Some 40 years later she came into the care of the museum’s trust. In 2009 Lassie made a comeback after spending several years in storage. Her first official duty was to christen the new Ruby Bay bypass in Mapua along side many other vintage cars in 2010. Since 2011 she has mainly been used as a wedding car, escorting people on their special day. A ride in our Cadillac is part of the prize package in the Dream Maker D

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