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Julius Haast at Canterbury Museum, 1867

Julius Haast at Canterbury Museum, 1867

Canterbury Museum founder Julius Haast is shown here with moa skeletons in 1867. Haast excavated a large quantity of moa bones from Glenmark station in North Canterbury, and these formed the basis of the museum collection. He exchanged moa bones with many overseas museums, receiving in return natural history specimens and cultural artefacts.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Conal McCarthy, 'Museums - The foundation years, 1850 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43869/julius-haast-at-canterbury-museum-1867 (accessed 15 November 2019)

Story by Conal McCarthy, published 22 Oct 2014