Level 1 Galleries
By the Sea We Live
is so much a part of the City - from its earliest years of development
to today's commercial waterfront and recreational uses.
From first human
arrival we celebrate 800 years of the maritime history of central New
Zealand, ranging from disasters, environment and folklore to interactives,
the Interislander (ferry) and fishing - literally from waka to container
Captain's Cabin from the steam ship Te Anau.
The Wahine Disaster
A memorial to
the 1968 maritime tragedy of the interisland ferry, the Wahine.
On 10 April, 1968 the Wahine tried to enter Wellington Harbour,
but a savage storm drove it into Barretts Reef and successive events
led to the loss of 51 lives. The Gallery features a film by renowned
New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston,commemorating those who died
and displays memorabilia from the Wahine. Featured on a large
video screen the 12-minute film plays every 15-minutes during opening
hours. (Seating is provided.)
lifeboat from the Wahine lands.
( Photo courtesy of The Evening Post & Museum Collection.)
The Board Room (The
von Kohorn Room)
the meeting place for the all-powerful Wellington Harbour Board
in the days of Wellington's development as a port, the magnificent
1920s high ceiling ornate room is now restored to its former grandeur.
State-of-the-art headphones play recreated conversations of past
board meetings transporting visitors back to another era.
The adjacent Wellington Historical & Early Settlers Association
Committee Room also houses the medal collection of the United
Services Medal Trust.
level 1, access is at the northern end of the maritime gallery,
By the Sea We Live.