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Extraordinary Inventions


Fri 22 Apr 2016, 3:00pm–4:00pm
Fri 22 Apr 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • 3pm screening: $0.00
  • 6pm screening + tour: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Celebrating the Kiwi No. 8 wire approach, the "Extraordinary Inventions" film programme looks at a range of clever inventions by New Zealanders. Be amazed by the Fisher Monoplane on a test flight in 1913, an innovative pump to clean the cowshed, the world’s smallest motorcycle, and many more.

A rare opportunity for Nelson residents to see this collection of entertaining films from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's collection about the inventiveness of New Zealanders.

* The 6pm screening is a double delight *

The film compilation will be followed by an entertaining guided tour of the museum and talk focusing on how pioneering women in Nelson used great ingenuity in facing their challenges.

The tour covers the hidden stories of early Nelson women, whose lives were more than simply confined to the kitchen. Some, like Sarah Higgins, even built their own kitchen with her bare hands. Martha Rutherford was known less for her arrival in Nelson as a refugee from the Taranaki Wars, and more widely recognised for her better-known, atom-splitting progeny. Mary Gibbs, a widow with nine children, arrived in Nelson with a bang; her ship was wrecked at Farewell Spit after months at sea on the journey from England. The lives of these fascinating women and others are linked to objects in the Nelson Provincial Museum collection.

This event is presented as part of Nelson Heritage Week.

The 3pm screening is free. The 6pm screening + tour is $5. Limited seating. Places for the 6pm screening and tour can be booked through Nelson Provincial Museum.