Museum memories brought to life
The history of the Piopio District has been captured in just a snapshot, after the Piopio Museum Trustees decided a picture would be the best way to promote the museum.
Local artist Peter Holbrook was commissioned in May to create a large painting depicting the district.
The composite painting features the prominent landmark, Kahuwera hills in the background. This hill has a strong cultural significance to the people of the two local marae, Napinapi and Mokau-kohu-nui. The shepherd and dogs is a collective of Peter Holbrook as a young man and working dogs supplied by John Gray. Also a feature the Romney rams which were once a mainstay breed in the early King Country. The bay mare, a three quarter Clydesdale was bred by the late Mary Swindells in 1992 and was one of the last users of a working Clydesdale horse in the district.
The trustees have received significant help from Ted Harper whom made the frame and Jeremy Petch who assisted with other trustee members to complete this project.
The museum is home to a wealth of history and groups wishing to visit or have a guided tour can contact John Petre 8778293, to arrange an appointment.