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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 17 October 1913

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Fri Oct 17 About 10: am Father, Jim + I rode forward along Arapaepae Road to meet the Palmerston bullocks – the drover A Farlane brought along a mob of 128, 48 of which were outs – these had their tails cut so we were able to draft easily. Father's share of the droving fee was 28/-, about 6...

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A Fashionable Line: the 'other' life of Kate Coolahan

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<STRONG> A Fashionable Line: The 'other life' of Kate Coolahan </STRONG> 'Her sophisticated illustration and advertising campaigns advanced the standard of advertising work in New Zealand' , Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Duncan Joiner, Massey University In the 1950s and ...

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Pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

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The suspended skeleton in Mountains to the Sea comes from a whale which was hit by a container ship off the North Cape of New Zealand in 1994. It is thought that the whale was probably resting at the surface after an attack by killer whales when it was struck. Scratches on its body were evidence ...

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Architectural features of Government Buildings, Wellington

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William Clayton designed Government Buildings in the Renaissance Revival style, sometimes called Italianate Classicism. The building has many features that imitate stone. The entrances, for example, feature unfluted Doric columns. The lines of weatherboard simulate layers of brick or stone. The b...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Thursday 14 August 1913

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Thurs Aug 14 Continued same work as yesterday. 21 lambs.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 17 March 1913

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Mon Mar 17 McKenzie dipped 397 sheep, Kirkcaldie 137, Kay 185. Took a photo of dipping. We also dipped 9 straggler “med” ewes + 22 culls. [new page] Father bought 2 Shrop[shire] rams (full mouth) at 15/- each. Dagged the 103 S-Down lambs. Mustered 7 bullocks from back 42 + 26 from Terrace + ...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 8 March 1913

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Sat March 8 Drizzly morning but fine afternoon. K. McKenzie dipped 453 sheep. Father + I drenched with Oate's drench the 159 2nd grade Waikanae lambs. Mustered “young” ewes + went on drafting + culling (as on Thurs 6th inst). Dipped our own 37 Romney lambs, 16 cull wethers + 27 Rams. Al...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Tuesday 30 September 1913

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Tues Sept 30 Mustered the 250 “young” ewes + lambs from the Terrace + docked 173 lambs – also about a dozen too young. These ewes are in fine order + the lambs are the best we have ever had from the 2-tooth ewes.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 19 September 1913

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Fri Sept 19 Steady rain all morning – shepherded + made gates. Jim, Father + I went on getting out rimu stumps in SE corner of CK p[addock] in afternoon. Fog came up from west at 4.30pm.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Monday 16 March 1914

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Mon.Mar.16 Anstice + I up to North Block + went on putting posts in Ohau R[iver] fence - very bad sinking but job in 15 posts + broke back of job. After work we took swags of clothes over to whares ready for camping + then I returned + swung the Ohau R gate. Stopped work 6.10 pm. At home the othe...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Tuesday 2 September 1913

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Tues Sept 2 Gil, Anstice + I rode up river to go on with east boundary fence of N[orth] Block. [new page] Found they had got in 1st strainers on bank of Ohau R + about 17 posts – we laid out some posts + then Gil + Anstice went on cutting posts + I put in 10 posts + 1 strainer, getting to the top...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 7 June 1913

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Sat June 7 Jim + I cut + split battens for CK-Swamp p[addock] fence + got enough to finish job.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 12 July 1913

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Sat July 12 Moved cyclone fence in CK p[addock] giving hoggarts fresh cut. In evening rode to Levin + to station – met Maud + drove home with her – did not go inside. Read “The Sea Could Tell” by Mrs C N Williamon. Took two ¼ pl[ate] snap-shots of Togo + the pup, Scott; also one ditto of Scott.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Saturday 27 September 1913

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Sat Sept 27 Skinned a dead steer in McDonald p[addock] (one of the big badly bred lot). Rode up to North Block + worked at track from “Dirty Flat” to “Ohau Summit” – fired mass of dead fern + saved lot of labour – burned off part of spur – fire went well. Got in good lot of work finishing most o...

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Friday 30 May 1913

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Fri May 30 Jim + I rode up to the South Block and continued putting in barb wires of east boundary fence – Gil + Anstice put in a futile day trying to cut rimu [new page] battens up near the S[outh] E[east] corner of block – we will probably have to buy some sawn battens.

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George Leslie Adkin diary entry Wednesday 28 May 1913

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Wed May 28 Father took a couple of Borough Councillors up Ohau Valley to inspect site of proposed bridge over the Ohau. Jim + I rode up to South Block + went on putting barb wires on east boundary fence – Gil + Anstice putting in posts on same down by Ohau R[iver]. We got our clothes + skins ri...

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Marine mammals

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Te Papa's marine mammal collections and research encompass whales, dolphins, porpoises (Cetacea), seals, and dugongs and manatees (Sirenians). The focus of the collection is on species that occur in the New Zealand region, including the subantarctic and Antarctica, but it also includes some...

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Tales from Te Papa Episode 95: Letter No 1.

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Thanks to email, it's super-quick to contact people on the other side of the world. But NZ's very first letter took 6 months to arrive from England. Simon goes postal with our original letter and stamps.

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Tales from Te Papa Episode 100: A Seaweed Pantry

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For generations, muttonbirds have been a Maori delicacy. But the hunting season is short, so how did they store them all year round? Simon starts with a large pile of slimy seaweed.

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