Poems from the Birthday Book

  In order to illuminate more of the fascinating stories within the Birthday book brought to New Zealand by jessie Kirkness, we have included some of the writing and poetry below. All of the spelling is original, so there are a few ‘mistakes’, but we will forgive her. Do enjoy. Dunfermline Abbey Forfarshire Our good […]

The Birthday Book

Without correspondence or diaries it is very hard to imagine how a twelve week sea voyage in 1883 would appear to an eleven year old girl embarking from the Orkney Islands to a new life in the colony of New Zealand. We are fortunate that Jessie Ann Kirkness was gifted a Birthday register, ‘with daily […]

Best Dress

The new Kiwi Chicks exhibition has provided the opportunity to show off some of Te Papa’s childhood collection, in many cases for the first time. There are some real gems crying out to be seen, including a collection of 1950s dresses that were acquired in 2011. The wonderful thing about this collection are the many […]

Kiwi Chicks inspire New Zealand

As unique as kiwis are to this land, so are the girls who have grown up here. Aotearoa New Zealand has a rich history of experiences for girls and young women to be proud of, such as being the first country in the world where women successfully fought for the right to vote. There are […]