Wanted:  Beachy objects with a strong Point Chevalier connection 

 

Auckland Museum needs your help! We are currently looking to borrow or acquire objects with a strong connection to recreation activities on Pt Chevalier Beach, for use in a new exhibition next year. We’re interested in things that Auckland families might have used (or still be using) while spending time on the beach. Picnic baskets, swimming togs and caps, buckets and spades – the more interesting and quirky, the better! 

We are also on the lookout for objects that relate to the Dixieland Cabaret at Point Chevalier, where music, dancing and frivolity took place from 1925 until the building’s untimely demise from fire in 1935. Check your closets for gowns that might have been worn at Dixieland, or instruments that were played by the Dixieland Internationals band. 

If you think you may have some objects that relate to these themes, and would be willing to loan or donate them to the museum, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Project Curator History, Jane Groufsky at jgroufsky@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 309 0443 ext 7317; or Project Curator Pacific, Dr Andrea Low at alow@aucklandmuseum.com or call 09 309 0443 ext 7291 and we will be in touch. 

Please note: we will no longer be accepting contributions after the 23rd of April 

Pictured: Picnic basket (top) collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, col.0296. Bathing cap (bottom) 1960s, collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira,, 1995.153.2

Ukulele, Hawaii, collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1987.121, 52450