New Museum Merchandise

Looking for that unique gift to give friends, family and visitors created here in the Waipā? Te Awamutu Museum is proud to announce a new range of merchandise, now exclusively available at the Museum! If you have been looking for something different that embodies our local history and tells the amazing story of people, places and events that only happened here in the Waipā, then look no further than our very own Te Awamutu Museum. A unique merchandise range for sale has been created to showcase key items from the Museum Collection and their amazing associated stories. The Museum objects are: The Queen Victoria Lithograph, Te Hokioi Printing Press, a trio of kete muka and a trio of pounamu hei tiki. Each item sold is accompanied by a free bookmark outlining the fascinating stories of the objects. The idea behind the range was not only to highlight our amazing collection but also to ensure the use of local suppliers and all products had a functionality and use for all ages. All the designs were created in house by Exhibitions Co-Ordinator Henriata Nicholas, who says “people often ask us for merchandise that really speaks about local history. Today, after a long time in development, we are excited to bring this range and its stories to life in everyday things you can use or buy for friends and visitors alike”. “We have utilised local printers who have sourced us products that don’t break the bank, but do have a function and perhaps will spark some enjoyment”. Museum Director Anne Blyth says of the range; “we are always seeking new ways to...

WALTER HARSANT 1811—1897 By J. F. Mandeno.

An outstanding personality in the history of Te Awamutu and Raglan districts was Doctor Walter Harsant. He was Government factotum for these districts from 1854 to 1878. Let us turn back and learn something of this Doctor’s background. He was born at Haverland, Norfolk, England, on the 3rd. October 1811. Of his youth, or as to where he received his early education, nothing is known. Fortunately his diplomas[1] in medicine and surgery have been preserved, and were presented to this Society. Although somewhat battered after 130 years, they are still decipherable. The most distinguished diploma is that of M.R.C.S., a large sheet headed by the coat of arms of the Royal College of Surgeons in London with the motto “Quae prosunt Omnibus Artes” with the seal of the College and the signatures of the President and two Vice-presidents and seven examiners. Two diplomas of the Medical Theatre, London, certify that he also attended lectures in the Principles and Practice of Medicine, and the Principles and Practice of Midwifery and the Diseases of Women and Children. From St. Bartholomew’s Hospital there are diplomas in Anatomical Demonstrations, Practice of Surgery and Lectures on Surgery. The most spectacular diploma is that of the Court of Examiners chosen and appointed by the Master Wardens and Assistants of Apothecaries of the Society of the Art and Mystery of Apothecaries of the City of London, and, certifies that Walter Harsant has been carefully and deliberately examined as to his skill and abilities in the Science and Practice of Medicine and as an Apothecary, and certifies that he is entitled to practice as an apothecary accordingly....