Bell could be going to Te Papa

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The famous Maheno Ship bell which is in the hands of Maheno School could be in line for more travelling in 2016.

The school, which is taking their famous Maheno Ship bell to Fraser Island in Australia on Anzac Day, could be headed for Te Papa Museum next year as part of its four-year commemorative display, which will begin in time for Anzac Day this year.

The bell from the ship, which was built in 1905, was donated to the school in 1967.

Maheno School principal Ryan Fraser said it was approached by Te Papa about the possibility of the bell going to Wellington next year.

“It’s something we will definitely look at and hopefully, we might be able to tie it in with a school camp or something similar.”

Mr Fraser said ideally the school would like to go around Anzac time, but that will depend on how it fits in.

“Possibly around Anzac time would be a good time to go, but at this stage we don’t know anything more other than they’d like us their with the bell sometime next year.”

The school would definitely go; in just what capacity is undecided.

Appearing at Te Papa next year has come about because Charlotte Le Quy, who the museum are doing a presentation on, was a nurse on the Maheno Ship back in 1915.

About a week ago, the bell was sent across to Australia and the school will pick it up when making their presentation of a replica bell to the Maritime Museum in Brisbane on April 21.

Then the original bell will be picked up and taken to Fraser Island where the Maheno is currently shipwrecked and has been since 1935.

Mr Fraser said fundraising for the trip had gone well so far with raffles and photo frames they were selling at the Farmers Market on Sunday and a quiz night on February 13.

“Many businesses have been really good and have donated some great prizes.

“This is our last major fundraiser before the trip and we’d love to see a great turn out.”

Although Mr Fraser said another car wash run by the pupils was not out of the question.

The school would be in Australia for about a week.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Back row from left, De Arna Mooney, 11, Libby Robb, 12, Fenella Ballantyne, 10, Josh Kinnard, 11. Front row from left, Kase Robb, 10, Thomas Ballantyne, 12, and Clark Ewing, 11, with the Maheno Bell, which could be heading to Te Papa Museum in 2016.