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Tonny Brinkman: Sand Collector

Sand collector Tonny Brinkman has generously donated 3500 sands to Auckland Museum - and her decades of collecting show that you can explore the world without going far from home.

The eruption of Mt Tarawera

The Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886 is probably the most devastating eruption to occur in Aotearoa New Zealand since Polynesian settlers arrived in the 14th century.

Tairua trolling lure

Auckland Museum has in the collection a unique tangible link between Māori and the East Polynesian homeland. A fishing lure made from tropical black-lipped pearl shell was made in East Polynesia and brought here, on a waka, with the Polynesian settlers of Aotearoa.

Ancient currency or petrified food?

Sometimes, human history and natural history are neatly entwined, as was recently discovered when researching a pair of disc-shaped fossil specimens.

Antarctic geological connections

Most of the Antarctic rock specimens at Auckland Museum are from Ross Island and McMurdo Sound, and a number were collected during the Scott or Shackleton Expeditions.

The 1914 White Island/Whakaari mining disaster

In September 1914, a crater wall collapse caused a lahar on the active marine volcano White Island, killing 10 sulphur miners.