Story: Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga

Pacific artefacts in the Oldman collection, 1947

This film from 1947 shows the Pacific collection of William Oldman, of Clapham, London. Oldman built up his extensive collection, which included many Māori items, during his career as a dealer in ethnographic artefacts. The film portrays Oldman showing Roger Duff of Canterbury Museum his artefacts. Duff helped negotiate the New Zealand government's purchase of Oldman's Pacific collection in 1948. The items were then distributed among the Dominion, Auckland, Canterbury and Otago museums.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 378. National Film Unit, 1948

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Paora Tapsell, 'Māori and museums – ngā whare taonga - Māori treasures and European museums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/44075/pacific-artefacts-in-the-oldman-collection-1947 (accessed 22 January 2020)

Story by Paora Tapsell, published 22 Oct 2014