Unsolicited donations

The Museum frequently receives unsolicited objects from members of the public as potential donations to the Museum’s collection. The Museum is very grateful for the public support and engagement demonstrated by these collection donations. Consequently, the Museum has carefully reviewed unsolicited objects we’ve been given, and identified a number which do not meet the criteria set out in our Collection Development Plan. In some cases, objects came into our possession without contact information about the depositor, or contact with this person has been lost subsequently.

We would like to find the original owners of the objects pictured below so that we can return the objects to them. If we are unable to make contact with the original owners, these objects will be disposed of following the required waiting period of three months set by the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1975.

 

Human History

 

A 1917 NZDF-issue brass compass in its leather case, associated with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Entered the museum in 1990. Also a black lace mourning dress with belt. Some decorative beading on the front. If you are the owner of either of these objects, or know the owner, please contact Sarndra Lees, Human History Collection Manager.

Published online 13 July 2018

 

Pictorial

 

Collection of photographs relating to Māori service personnel, particularly the 28th Infantry Battalion, during the Second World War. If you are the owner of these prints, or know the owner, please contact Ian Proctor, Assistant Curator, Documentary Heritage.

Published online 8 October 2019

 

Manuscripts

Satin and lace play bill for ‘Pizzaro’ at the Theatre Sandwich, Kent, UK, December 1848. If you are the owner of this object, or know the owner, please contact Ian Proctor, Assistant Curator, Documentary Heritage.

Published online 7 November 2019