After nearly six years the hopes of having a permanent tobacco display at the museum were realised. The exhibition was officially opened on Saturday 28 September by John Hurley, a member of the NZ Tobacco Industry Historic Trust.
About twenty people joined us to celebrate the opening, held in Muses Café –and a very pleasant afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. After the official part was over, guests went through to the museum to see the new exhibit, with a unanimous agreement on how good it is.
The idea was to create an old style tobacco kiln (an idea from John Hurley) which would include artefacts from the tobacco growing era, photographs (showing on a digital photo frame) and the film “The End of the Golden Weed”, produced for and by the NZ Tobacco Industry Historic Trust.
Joanna Szczepanski was our designer and researcher, who did a great job. Joanna, sadly, left us to work full time at Canterbury Museum before the installation, so we called upon our talented Secretary/Treasurer Jen Calder to complete this part of the project. Jen did a marvellous job of painting the floor to resemble the inside of a kiln- the pipes and furnace. The photographs show the evidence on a job well done.
We were also blessed with help from a couple of our volunteers, who put in a lot of time and effort in painting, installing items and general help where needed.
To get to this final stage (of opening) there are a number of people to thank for both donations (monetary and goods), research and volunteer time.
We would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity in both goods and time: ITM, Think Water, Guthrie Bowron, Abel Glass and Gavin Christie.
To the volunteers who gave of their time so generously and the final thank you goes to our financial sponsors: Lottery grants Board, the NZ Tobacco Industry Historic Trust and our own Trust Board.
If you are in Motueka at any time, do come in and see this fantastic exhibition.
Fabric Tobacco Leaves
Photo of a grader at work
Updraught Kiln Pipes