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How Long Did It Take for Thomas Kendall to Get a New Wig?


Mon 3 Aug 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Joan McCracken

What was the “delicate matter” Rev Francis Hall raised with the CMS headquarters about the behaviour of Tuai and Titere in England? What do the missionaries’ letters and journals tell us about Māori clothing? How long did it take for Thomas Kendall to get a new wig? These questions – and more – will be answered in this presentation by Hocken Librarian Sharon Dell.

In November 2014 the exhibition Whakapono, faith and foundations opened at the Hocken Library. The exhibition marked 200 years since the Church Missionary Society first set up their work in New Zealand, and also marked the launch of the Online Marsden Archive. The archive captures the collection of letters, diaries and documents of Samuel Marsden and the CMS held in the Hocken Collections and makes them available on the web.

Included in Whakapono were several works from the Turnbull’s collections. Co-curator of the exhibition, and Hocken Librarian, Sharon Dell, will talk about the research for the exhibition and the stories that were revealed, and about the richness of the Marsden Archive. Sharon will make connections between the Hocken collections and several works that are currently showing in the Tell Tails exhibition in the Turnbull Gallery.

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