Topic: Te Amorangi Trust Museum

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Holden's Bay

Renamed "Rotorua Settlers & Steam Museum" October 2015 (see the Daily Post October 2nd 2015, p 3 for details)

Open every Thursday and Sunday and Regular Live Steam Days are the second Sunday of every month. 

Excerpt from Auto Age, Sept-Oct 1967 p26-27

"The Museum is housed in an old Dutch Colonial style house which was built for a Mr Douzling who originally took up the land which now forms the Holden's Bay/Hannah's Bay area. Timber for the house was Matai and Rimu cut from the Rotoma-Rotoehu area and brought down to Hinehapu by the Rotorua Timber Co. from there it was sent by barge to the Okawa Bay Mill at Mourea. The house was orginally roofed with imported Canadian cedar shingles, since been covered with tiles. Under construction at the moment is a new Pioneer wing, which will house a large collection of articles used by the Armed Constabulary.

The museum exhibits are arranged in various rooms and by far the largest collection is of early Maori articles, including from the Maori Wars a collection of muskets, bayonets, powder flasks and bullet moulds. 

Material from Pioneering days includes a pit-saw, planes, and chisels used to build early homes and many household articles. A collection of whaling equipment and early household articles made from whalebone."

See the Rotorua Photonews published 22 November 1969 for photographs of the opening of the new wing.  An article "Treasure Trove at Holden's Bay" published in the Women's Weekly on 17.1.1975 p25 - 26 offers another insight into the life of the Museum and a copy Norma Evans file on "Te Amorangi Museum" is also available to read in the "Buildings" vol 2 Folder of Rotorua District Library Files in the Don Stafford Room.


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Te Amorangi Trust Museum


43 Robinson Ave, Holdens Bay, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.1214357,176.30487519999997

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