A complaint from the Wellington Association of Spiritualists
Spiritualism is a religious movement that focuses on the belief that the living and the dead can communicate, and in the early 1900s it became very popular in Wellington! In 1900, the Wellington Association of Spiritualists built the New Century Hall at the northern end of Kent Terrace and in that building they would regularly perform séances to communicate with the departed. In 1903, the Council received a letter (not through a Ouija board sadly) complaining that people had been gathering on the Council land beside the property to annoy their guests and had even smashed a window.
Wellington Association of Spiritualists
Request for bone dust
The archivists discovered a letter dating back to 4 March 1903 from the Council’s Head Gardener requesting a dusting of bone to help the plants grow around Newtown Park. It’s difficult to make out, but it looks “half a ton” was enough to suit the purpose. The type of bone is not clear…
Bone dust request
This terrifying photo from a Summer City parade
We don’t know who chose this particular Joker mask for the Hollywood Mickey Parade in the 1980s, but we hope they’re ok.