Friday, January 7, 2011

Dargaville Museum

I only had a quick visit to this darling of a museum yesterday. I was expecting something provincial but I was wrong. Set high on a hill over-looking the town, a visitor could miss it unless specifically looking for it. Follow the sign posts.

We were greeted at the desk, $10 to enter and well worth it. The room of exhibits lead one logically on so as not to miss a thing. The gum-diggers are featured, lots of Kauri gum on display, shipping wrecks, town leaders as expected, but, they had a room displaying accordions which I was taken with. It's a settlers museum with only a few Maori artefacts displayed.

If you have people in the area, they have a well designed facility for research, ask at the desk. Their unique resources include databases and photographs.

To write: PO Box 166, Harding Park, Mangawhare, Dargaville. PH 09 4397555 email:

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