These lovely ladies from the Macmillan Brown Library’s collection are on a float for the Petone Woollen Mill. They’re certainly sporting some stylish woollen threads.
The woollen mills opened in 1886 and closed in 1968, at the base of the Korokoro hill. We’re helping Warwick Johnston find information on the mills, for a book he’s writing on their history.
Here’s Warwick modeling a woollen mills hospital blanket. Warwick is a great friend of the Petone Settlers Museum. Longtime resident of Petone, author and historian, several of his books have been published by the museum, and he was a vital contributor to our exhibition Tatau Tatau.
Now he’s on the hunt for info about the mills. Did you or your family work there? Do you have any items or artefacts from the mill?
Warwick is especially keen on labels from the mill. If you have a blanket lying about in your cupboards we’d love you to email us a photo of its label for his research. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you in touch with Warwick.
Emma Bugden, Senior Curator
Top Image: MB 114, Kaiapoi Woollen Manufacturing Company records, item 76364, date unknown. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury