Chocolate and cigarettes being sold at McKee’s Store, corner Beach Road and Willow Street.

Such sweet nostalgia

Visitors to the museum lately will have noticed magnets and key rings in the shape of classic New Zealand lollies (more)

Richard Yee (left) and Young King (Yep’s father) in a 1957 parade re-enacting the days when King Bros delivered produce by horse and cart.

Finding our Chinese heritage

As we head into the Chinese New Year, Waitangi Weekend and the Multicultural Bite, it’s good timing to reflect on (more)

Heritage NZ renames footbridge

Heritage New Zealand has adjusted the name and extent of the Ashburton Railway Footbridge, in line with the (more)

Santa arrives in Ashburton by fire engine for the Christmas Parade in 1986.
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Christmas a melting pot of history

In this PC world, is it still alright to speak about Christmas? While here we may fling ourselves into it, we (more)

Mr Salek’s receipt given to Mr Speight.

A story from one receipt

With fewer people using postal services and our reliance on electronic forms of communication, receiving anything (more)

Ashburton’s First Car, 1902, owned by the late Thomas Bullock Esq. with Mrs E. B. Newton (nee Bull-ock) at the wheel.

Roughometer readings of 1936

1936 was not only the year that Jesse Owens won his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, it was also the year (more)

‘Farmers Corner’ at the intersection of East and Havelock Streets.

Does Ashburton have history?

The team from Ashburton Museum are often out in the community, talking to schools, service and special interest (more)

The New Zealand Division Infantry, in the Switch Line near Flers, September 1916, after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.
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Ashburton and the Somme

It’s hard to imagine the horrors that greeted New Zealand soldiers when they entered the Battle of the (more)

The empty tin of gunpowder that inspired this story.
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Gunpowder ripples

Finding items or subjects to write about for this column isn’t always easy. As far as the objects go, I tend (more)

The front cover of Dorothy Eden’s 1960 novel Sleep in The Woods. Set in Taranaki, not Canterbury as some reviews state, during the New Zealand wars, this book is credited with giving Dorothy international acclaim.

Mistress of the macabre – Dorothy Eden

In the shadows of the night, a veiled woman lurked in the garden, staring at the house. Watching, waiting. It all (more)

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