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Port-able: A History of Shipping in South Taranaki

Port-able: A History of Shipping in South Taranaki

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  • Tue 20 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 21 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 22 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 23 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 24 Jan ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont St, Patea


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Port-able: a history of shipping in South Taranaki looks at maritime activity in two ports - Opunake and Patea. Although both located in South Taranaki these two ports have very different histories and so are good examples of the range of activity that has been seen on the West Coast of the North Island in the last 150 years.

Looking at photographs from the early days of shipping in South Taranaki evokes images of a quieter life, when travelling by ship was a slow, and often seemingly-romantic adventure, as people tried to forge a new life for themselves in a strange land. The reality though, is that travelling by ship was a dangerous business; the passage itself was often rough and in the early days the ports were ill-equipped for the passengers and cargo they dealt with. The hard work in those ports, and the goods, services and people they brought to South Taranaki, helped us become the wonderful district we are today.

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