Emily Harris and the Takaka Caves

By Jackie Cook So what does Emily Harris have to do with caves? From the 1890s to 1914, something of a vogue arose in Nelson for visiting caves.  Four aspects of life in late nineteenth/early twentieth century colonial culture had intersected upon this rather unlikely spot. Taken in sequence, they help explain how an interest Read More…

Happy birthday Emily Harris!

By Michele Leggott Thanks to the person who put three framed Emily Harris prints on TradeMe recently, we now have a set of Emily’s beautiful botanical paintings issued by the Turnbull Library in 1968. Our set is 2183 of an edition of 2500. The prints are in good condition and show Emily’s rendition of rangiora Read More…

A Glistening Web: Whakatū / Nelson 11-12 October 2023

By Catherine Field-Dodgson and Michele Leggott   In mid-October, Michele and Catherine travelled to Whakatū / Nelson for a quick research trip, and to deliver the Nelson Historical Society’s 2023 James Jenkins Memorial lecture. Michele was accompanied by her friend Susan Davis. Mary Gavin, president of the Nelson Historical Society, and Yolanda Persico, the society’s secretary, Read More…

Antarctic panels revealed

By Catherine Field-Dodgson and Michele Leggott   Last month Michele reflected on Emily Harris’s missing 1906 sub-antarctic panel and wondered what it might look like:  We can make some guesses about the size and content of Emily’s second panel of Antarctic flowers, to date unlocated. Given her predilection for symmetry we can guess the second panel Read More…