Social History

Highlights from our Social History collection. The Social History Collection was originally established through collecting military objects, coins and objects relating to famous historical figures. From the 1960s collecting in this department extended to represent a broader spectrum of people and to represent people’s domestic lives.
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Naval mortar and base, c.1806, gifted by Miss Marion Campbell, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 56/30a-b

Naval mortar and base, c.1806, gifted by Miss Marion Campbell, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 56/30a-b

Paint box, George Rowney and Company (established 1783, closed 1968), gifted by Mrs B L Williams, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 64/76

Paint box, George Rowney and Company (established 1783, closed 1968), gifted by Mrs B L Williams, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 64/76

William Colenso’s Microscope, c.1826-1860, Bithray, London, (dates unknown), gifted by Mrs W M Simcox, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 67/295

William Colenso’s Microscope, c.1826-1860, Bithray, London, (dates unknown), gifted by Mrs W M Simcox, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 67/295

Telephone, c.1920, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 92/97

Telephone, c.1920, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 92/97

High back chair which belonged to Lady Franklin, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [55546]

High back chair which belonged to Lady Franklin, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [55546]

William Colenso’s Barrel organ, T C Bates, London, (dates unknown), collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [55794]

William Colenso’s Barrel organ, T C Bates, London, (dates unknown), collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [55794]

New Zealand Cross and case awarded to Captain George Augustus Preece, (b. 1845, d.1925), New Zealand Militia Interpreter, c.1871, Messers Phillips Bros and Son, (dates unknown), gifted by Mr Athol H Preece, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 56/57

New Zealand Cross and case awarded to Captain George Augustus Preece, (b. 1845, d.1925), New Zealand Militia Interpreter, c.1871, Messers Phillips Bros and Son, (dates unknown), gifted by Mr Athol H Preece, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 56/57

Masonic Lodge teacup damaged in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake, gifted by Mrs E Grant, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 64/15

Masonic Lodge teacup damaged in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake, gifted by Mrs E Grant, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 64/15

Napier-Taupo Road Stage coach, date unknown, George Faulknor, (active 1859-1905), gifted by The Hawke's Bay Motor Company Limited, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [51875]

Napier-Taupo Road Stage coach, date unknown, George Faulknor, (active 1859-1905), gifted by The Hawke's Bay Motor Company Limited, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, [51875]

Medicine chest, gifted by Mrs F Hutchinson, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 58/48

Medicine chest, gifted by Mrs F Hutchinson, collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 58/48

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