“Celebrate Suffrage 125 at Alberton” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

Suffragist Sophia Louisa Taylor of Alberton, the historic mansion in Mt Albert cared for by Heritage New Zealand. (HNZ Media Release)

September 7

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Celebrate Suffrage 125 at Alberton

The first of a series of community art workshops commemorating 125 years of women’s suffrage will begin at Alberton in Auckland on September 22.

The workshop at this Mt Albert mansion will be led by Dunedin artist Janet de Wagt with support from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and is free to anybody who would like to take part. Participants will create a commemorative banner that will be joined with other banners made in other workshops at key heritage locations around the country over the next few months.

The banners will be amalgamated into one final artwork and launched at Old Government Buildings in Wellington in April next year.

“The banners are a reference to three Parliamentary petitions that were circulated around the country that resulted in women finally being granted the right to vote on 19 September 1893,” says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.

One of the petitions, which was circulated in 1893, includes the signatures of Sophia Louisa Taylor – the owner of Alberton – and her daughter Winifred.

“It’s very appropriate that the workshop is taking place at Alberton,” says Rendell.

“Sophia became a member of the first committee of the Auckland branch of the Women’s Franchise League and used her wit, intelligence and energy to make resolutions and speeches in favour of women’s suffrage.”

Sophia Taylor supported the franchise movement for the practical reason that if women had to obey laws and pay taxes like men, surely they also deserved the vote. Like many other socially prominent women, she also supported the Auckland Tailoresses Union.

“The petition that Sophia and Winifred signed was described by suffragist Kate Sheppard as a “monster petition” consisting of petition sheets circulated throughout New Zealand, and returned to Christchurch where Sheppard pasted each sheet end on end and rolled it around a section of a broom handle,” says Rendell.

“The ‘Monster Petition’ survives, and contains 25,519 signatures – including some men.”

The roll was presented to Parliament with great drama. Sir John Hall, Member of Parliament and suffrage supporter, brought it into the House and unrolled it down the central aisle of the debating chamber until it hit the end wall with a thud.

“The banners will be an artistic representation of that extraordinary social movement that ultimately saw New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote,” he says.

Artistic ability is not necessary for people to take part in the workshops – and Janet de Wagt is looking forward to working with a range of different ideas and skills. Alberton will also be hosting a Suffragists Tea on September 22 and 23 which, he says, is another good reason to come along and take part.

The tea will include a plum cake made from Sophia’s recipe by Marist College students (tea or coffee $6 per person, or $10 to view the house).

“Participants will be able to use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving – whatever they prefer – to create the banners,” he says.

“Participation is the important thing – and celebrating a movement that changed New Zealand and the world forever.”

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Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand- Auckland Events

 

 

 

September 3

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Celebrate Suffrage 125 with Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff across the country are involved in a number of events to commemorate and promote Suffrage 125 this month and beyond.

A particular highlight will be a series of suffrage themed community art workshops at six heritage properties in Auckland (Alberton, Sept 22); Christchurch (Ferrymead Heritage Park, Oct 14); Wellington (Old Government Building, Oct 29); Dunedin (Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Hall, Nov 3); Oamaru (Totara Estate, Nov 10) and in Northland (Clendon House, Rawene, Nov 24).

Renowned community artist, Janet de Wagt, is partnering with Heritage New Zealand to deliver an experience in which participants will use painting, printing, stamping, drawing and weaving to create a series of banners inspired by the stories of women’s suffrage.

“We’re really excited about involving new groups in heritage and suffrage history,” says Heritage New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Outreach Advisor, Rosemary Baird, who is coordinating the community art workshops.

Auckland:

  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 September,a National Banner art event – for community groups and local craftspeople.  Free entry.
  • At Alberton, Auckland, on 22 and 23 September, ‘Suffragists' Tea’– served from vintage china and with plum cake.

“Alberton goes for Baroque” One Hour Concert 5pm HNZ Media Release

 

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June 22

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Alberton goes for Baroque

A selection of Baroque music will be performed at Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on July 29 (5pm).

Performed by NZ Barok, New Zealand’s only period instrument orchestra, Melody and Musings: A Baroque Parlour Concertwill feature masterpieces by composers like Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach, as well as some lesser-known musical treasures from the 18thCentury.

Using instruments and playing styles of the period, the musicians will perform the compositions much as they would have sounded several centuries ago, while breathing fresh life and vitality into the pieces.

“The one-hour concert has been put together with a general audience in mind, and it promises to be a light-hearted and extremely enjoyable sampler of some Baroque gems – complete with anecdotes from history,” says the Manager of Alberton, Rendell McIntosh.

“This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy some beautiful live music in a delightful heritage setting.”

Tickets: Adults - $30; children, seniors and Heritage New Zealand members - $20. Tickets include refreshments and house entry. To book, or for more information, Ph 09-846-7367.

For more information: www.alberton.co.nz

“Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic” June 24 (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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Coming up – the Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic.

Winter Wedding Fair at Highwic

 

The historic mansion, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, will host a Wedding Fair that will include some of the best wedding professionals in Auckland.

“Organising a wedding can be a daunting prospect, and the idea behind the Winter Wedding Fair is to make things as easy as possible for people planning to get married,” says Highwic’s Visitor Coordinator Samantha Keen, who has many years’ experience in planning weddings.

“People can come along for the day and talk to a range of people involved in different aspects of weddings. They can also enjoy exploring beautiful Highwic, and strolling in our four-star garden. We want to make the experience as pleasant as possible with none of the stress.”

Exhibitors include professional photographers, wedding cake-makers, wedding gowns and a lot more. Special discounts will also be available to people on the day.

Admission: $5 per person, pay at the door. Free entry before midday. For more information visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/winter-wedding-fair

“All dolled up at Alberton” (HNZ Media Release)

All dolled up at Alberton

Calling all doll owners.

Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, has a new exhibition for its Collector’s Cabinet series – a sample of dolls dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Belonging to Auckland collector Karen Staniland, the dolls are rocking designer dresses and hand-made outfits – and have become the undisputed stars of Alberton’s Ballroom.

Karen’s lifelong love of dolls began with a pink plastic Kewpie given to her as a toddler. She now has 300 dolls as well as miniatures and teddy bears.

To learn more about Karen’s collection, along with the art of restoring antique and vintage dolls, join Karen for an informal talk and afternoon tea on Sunday 24 June at 1.30pm.

Admission free with regular admission to Alberton (Adults $10; children free). No booking required.

“High Tea at Highwic” July 8th (Heritage New Zealand Media Release)

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A sumptuous High Tea will be available in Highwic’s billiard house once again on July 8.

High Tea at Highwic

Discerning palates will be able to enjoy the delights of an authentic High Tea experience at Highwic, the historic Newmarket mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

People can experience a traditional high tea of delightful sweet and savoury treats served on fine China and accompanied by a selection of specialty teas from Harney and Sons at the special one-off event.

“What better way for people to take a break from the mid-Winter gloom than to experience our new seasonal winter High Tea menu and enjoy the luxury of Highwic,” says Highwic Visitor Services Coordinator, Samantha Keen.

The High Tea event takes place over two sessions on July 8 (10.30am and 2.30pm). Cost: $45 per person (sorry no concessions).

“Handmade for Mother” Mother’s Day Activities @ Alberton (26-05-2018)

 

 

 

April 26

Olwyn Bertram-Ellison with flowers. (Image HNZ Media Release)

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Handmade for Mother

Fresh flowers, vintage tea-cups and glassware, and the traditional handicrafts of felting and crochet will come together at Auckland’s Alberton this May as part of a programme of activities for Mother’s Day.

Founded in 1908 by American Anna Jarvis following a memorial service for her mother (a US Civil War nurse and peace activist), Mother’s Day was formalised as a celebration of all mothers in 1914 and took off around the world.  Jarvis, however, soon became disillusioned with the commercialisation of the holiday by retailers and card companies and urged a boycott. Instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards she insisted mothers should be honoured with handmade cards and letters expressing love and gratitude.

In that spirit, participants at Alberton’s workshops on 12 and 13 May can make things for and with their mums, learning floral art, felting, embroidery and beading or extending their crochet skills. The workshops are followed by afternoon tea and include entry to explore the house.

To book, contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or (09) 846-7367

Saturday 12 May:

10:30am: Vintage Tea-cup and Glassware Arrangements with Olwyn Bertram-Ellison, Floral designer and Alberton’s Gardener. $55 (2 hours).

Meghan Mills (Image HNZ Media Release)

10:30am: Beaded Crochet Bowl/Jug Cover with Megan Mills, heirloom sewer and teacher of traditional handicrafts. $40 (3 hours).

Sunday 13 May:

10:30am: Felted Embellished and Beaded Cards with Evelyn Davis, Artist, Storytelling Threads. $45 (2 hours).

 

“Holiday diversions at Highwic”-18th 19th 20th April

Holiday diversions at Highwic

Dreading the prospect of trying to entertain bored kids these school holidays? Fret no more.

Highwic – the historic mansion in Newmarket cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga – is organising some kids events that will help keep the young ones occupied during the first week of the holidays.

Highwic volunteers will crank up the coal range on April 19 and offer children the chance to make and bake their own Gingerbread People.

“Gingerbread figures have a long and illustrious history, with the first recorded example dating back to Queen Elizabeth I who had gingerbread figures made in the likeness of important guests at one of her banquets,” says Highwic’s Samantha Keen.

“The tasty biscuit treat gained popularity over the centuries, and would have been a favourite of the Buckland family’s 21 children who lived at Highwic.”

Children will also be able to have a go at making and decorating paper dolls at Highwic on April 18 and 20.

Bookings for baking are essential. For more information on times and costs visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events

 

“Art Deco Day at Highwic” Art Deco Day Out At Highwic, Sunday 8 April, 1pm to 6pm (HNZ Heritage This Month March 2018)

Wonderful Highwic. (Credit: Grant Sheehan)

Art Deco Day at Highwic

Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out will make a grand entrance once again at Highwic on 8 April (1pm to 6pm).

The 150-year-old mansion in Newmarket, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand, will throw open its gates for the annual festival of all things Deco including live jazz performed at the Cup Cake Café on-site, and a sparkling array of classic cars from the days of flappers and swingers.

Refreshing G&Ts will also be on sale for the day at Hendrick’s Gin Bar, and a range of stalls selling quality vintage products will also be operating within Highwic’s grounds.  If that isn’t enough, Highwic’s shop will also be selling its range of Victorian style vintage greeting cards, games, books, crafts and more.

The hotly contested Glory Days Costume Competition will be held once again.  The contest is free to enter and fabulous prizes from Minnie Cooper, Glory Days, Hendrick's Gin and Highwic will be awarded to the Best Dressed Lady, Gent and Child.

The team from Gin Mill Swing will also host a free dance class early on so people can learn some fancy moves before dancing the afternoon away to live jazz from the New Orleans Joymakers.

The wonderful world of Art Deco provides the ultimate in feel-good nostalgia, says Highwic Property Lead Cheryl Laurie.

“The $5 admission fee is also great value, enabling people to look around Highwic – though it will pay to bring some extra cash to enjoy some of the other attractions we’ll have on-site,” she says.

For more information on Auckland’s Own Art Deco Day Out – including parking directions – visit http://www.heritage.org.nz/news-and-events/events/highwic-art-deco-day

Don’t miss Auckland’s Own ). Admission: $5 per adult; children free. Refreshments not included in admission.

Caption: Wonderful Highwic.  Credit: Grant Sheehan 

“Ticking along in style at Alberton” Exhibition On Until 18 April 2018 (HNZ Heritage This Month March 2018)

Ticking along in style at Alberton

Terry Sutcliffe (Image Sourced Heritage This Month March 2018)

Currently on display at Auckland’s Alberton as part of the ‘Collector’s Cabinet’ series, is a fascinating selection of clocks, watches, timepieces, watchmakers tools and other collectibles belonging to horologist and historian Terry Sutcliffe (pictured).

Part of a collection of over 100 items, usually on display in his living room and in a purpose-built private museum on his property, the selection dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, includes pocket watches with New Zealand inscribed dials, military and railway watches, stands, cases, keys and intricate tools.  A marine chronometer salvaged from one of Auckland’s best-known shipwrecks, the SS Wiltshire – the steamship that hit rocks on Great Barrier Island in May 1922 – also features.

“You never have a full collection – there’s always more to find,” says Terry.  Currently researching early watch making and retailing in New Zealand, Terry is keen to hear from members of the public with any connections to this industry and is seeking timepieces, branded watch keys, boxes, old shop signage, business cards, photographs and papers to trace this history.

To learn more about the collection come to a talk on Sunday 4 March at 1.30pm. This will be an informal chat followed by a Q&A and tea.  Bring along your own timepiece for appraisal and share its story.

Free with entry (adults $10, children and Heritage New Zealand members free).  No booking required.

Terry’s clocks will be on display until 18 April 2018.