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Natural history, human cultures and colonial identities

Museums were an expression of the western conviction in the onward march of the rational. Local civilisations were also the prime focus in other Asian imperial museums. This is the first book that examines the origins and development of museums in six major regions if the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It analyses museum histories in thirteen major centres in Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India and South-East Asia, setting them into the economic and social contexts of the cities and colonies in which they were located. Museums in Canada have a longer, though somewhat chequered, history than elsewhere in the British Empire. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto and the Royal British Columbia museum in Victoria were two notable, yet very different, expressions of imperial expansiveness . The book then overviews two representative museums: the South African Museum (SAM) in Cape Town and the Albany Museum in Grahamstown. The origins and development of the National Museum of Victoria (NMV) in Melbourne, South Australian Museum (SAuM) and Australian Museum (AM) are then discussed. New Zealand/Aotearoa, with its Canterbury Museum and War Memorial Museum, has discrete origins as a colony in the nineteenth century. Imperial museums in Asia were unquestionably distinctive compared with those of the territories of white settlement. A number of key themes emerge: the development of elites within colonial towns; the emergence of the full range of cultural institutions associated with this; and the modification of the key scientific ideas of the age.

The War Memorial Museum, Auckland
John M. MacKenzie

the Ngati Awa people of Whakatane, installed in the Maori Court of the new building in 1929. 84 9 The War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, completed in 1929. The 1920s was also the decade in which Cheeseman

in Museums and empire
Chanel Clarke

historical fact?’, Journal of the Polynesian Society , 118:2 (2009), 111–34, and I. H. Kawharu (Sir Hugh Kawharu), Land and Identity in Tāmaki: A Ngāti Whatua Perspective , Hillary Lecture (2001), Auckland War Memorial Museum, , accessed 5 November 2014

in Mistress of everything
Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917–41
Jennifer Wellington

in the early 1920s, and also as part of the Australian War Memorial Museum’s display. An official war photographic exhibition was held in the Sydney Town Hall from March to May 1922. Descriptive paragraphs advertising this event were sent to the Sydney newspapers emphasising the image indexes which would allow soldiers’ families to find them in the photographs. ‘By means of the indexes members of the A. I. F. and their relatives have been able to trace photographs which in many cases they did not know existed. In this way

in Curating empire
Nicholas Thomas

solutions. It might be added that they work best when they allow their audiences to ­discover things, to be drawn into their unexpected, perhaps disturbing stories. Curiosity has a fraught history, but also an interesting future. Postscript In the early 1990s, during one of my first research visits to Aotearoa New Zealand, I was behind the scenes at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, on my way to an appointment with one of the curators. As we ascended a staircase, I was surprised to encounter, on the broad landing, a group of Samoan women – sitting on

in Curatopia
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A New Naval History brings together the most significant and interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary naval history. The last few decades have witnessed a transformation in how this topic is researched and understood, and this volume captures the state of a field that continues to develop apace. It examines – through the prism of naval affairs – issues of nationhood and imperialism; the legacy of Nelson; the sociocultural realities of life in ships and naval bases; and the processes of commemoration, journalism and stage-managed pageantry that plotted the interrelationship of ship and shore. This bold and original publication will be essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students of naval and maritime history. Beyond that, though, it marks an important intervention into wider historiographies that will be read by scholars from across the spectrum of social history, cultural studies and the analysis of national identity.

Exhibiting pre-Indigenous belonging in Vancouver
Paul Tapsell

Practice (Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2011).  7 See L. Peers and A.K. Brown (eds), Museums and Source Communities: A Routledge Reader (London: Routledge, 2003).  8 Key exhibitions and associated publications: 1991 Te korimako tangi ata (The New Dawn), 1993 Te ohaaki o Houmaitawhiti (The Legacy of Houmaitawhiti), 2005 Ko Tawa, 2010 Te Ara: Pathways of Leadership.  9 Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa website. www.rotoruamuseum. Accessed 5 January 2017. 205 206 North America 10 Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira website, www

in Curatopia
Learning from Māori curatorship pastand present
Conal McCarthy
Arapata Hakiwai
, and
Philipp Schorch

used as a blueprint for a process of ­reconciliation in the public sector dubbed ‘biculturalism’.18 Until recently, the last ‘ethnologist’ working under that rubric was Roger Fyfe at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. Elsewhere, the curatorial responsibility for taonga Māori rests almost exclusively with Māori staff who work in departments called Mātauranga Māori (Te Papa), Māori values (Auckland War Memorial Museum), or some equivalent title recognising an Indigenous framework. Nevertheless, the work of Fyfe and his immediate predecessors has also been

in Curatopia
Melbourne and Auckland, 1850s-1890s
Catharine Coleborne

abuse at the home investigated by a government Commission. See: Report of Commission on the Costley Home , New Zealand, H-26, 1904, AJHR, 1858–1999 AtoJsOnline, National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, , accessed 1 August 2014. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Auckland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, MS 287, 91/40, F1: 1898, Costley Home

in Insanity, identity and empire
Taking care of difference in museums
Billie Lythberg
Wayne Ngata
, and
Amiria Salmond

people living in Ūawa and beyond can learn about, come into contact with and be inspired by their ancestral heritage. They have worked with and in Auckland War Memorial Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Tairāwhiti Museum, all in Aotearoa New Zealand; and, further afield, Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the British Museum, the Hancock Museum (part of Newcastle’s Great North Curating the uncommons Museum) in the UK, Museum der Universität Tübingen, Germany, Florence’s Muzeo Nazionale di Antropologia ed E ­ tnologia

in Curatopia