Kirk memories on display in Waimate


The Waimate Museum’s current display is focusing on the connections former Prime Minister, Norman Kirk, had with Waimate.

The display includes a map showing the location of where he was born and a photo of the midwife, Mrs Turner. Also on display is the Tapa cloth that was placed at the foot of the grave and remained there for four days and four nights after his burial.

Margaret Mather, display coordinator at the Waimate Museum, said the exhibition is bringing back memories for many visitors as they view the photos on the display boards and the photo book.

The photo book, she said, has copies of photos from the museum’s archives of Norman Kirk’s funeral in 1974 and the unveiling of the headstone in 1975.

“Many local people attended these events and the museum would love to be able to name them,” she said.

The book has areas where visitors can put in the names of those in the photos and there are blank pages where memories of the funeral or unveiling, or recollections of the Kirk years can be recorded.

“We invite folk to visit the museum to look at the photos and write their memories in the book.”

“Also if anyone has photos or items that can be added to our collection please contact the museum regarding copying or donating items.”

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Norman Kirk.

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