Story: Collecting

Ronald and Zillah Castle

Ronald and Zillah Castle

From the 1930s siblings Ronald and Zillah Castle of Wellington collected musical instruments, acquiring around 500 in total. Their particular interest was in early and unusual instruments, and their home in Newtown was extended to house the collection. This is the Castles playing a spinet (the keyboard instrument) and viol in 1956.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1956/0341

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Richard Wolfe, 'Collecting - Notable collectors', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Richard Wolfe, published 5 Sep 2013