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Wairarapa Museums

Carterton District Historial Society
44 Broadway, Carterton
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 2-4 pm

Dannevirke Gallery of History
14 Gordon Street, Dannevirke
Open Monday to Friday - 10 am to 3 pm

Eketahuna and Districts Early Settlers' Museum
Eketahuna Museum Facebook page
The Old School, Bengston Street, Eketahuna
Sunday - 2-4 pm

Featherston Heritage Complex Society
Cnr Lyon and Fitzherbert Street, Featherston
Thursday, Friday, 10 am to 1 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Fell Locomotive Museum
Crn SH2 and Lyon Street, Featherston
Open every day - 10 am to 4 pm

Cobblestones Regional Early Settlers' Museum
169 Main Street, Greytown
Open every day - 10am to 4 pm

Kahutara Taxidermy Gallery
Pahuatea Road, Featherston
Open by appointment

Kaiparoro Historic House Museum
New Pacific Studio, State Highway 2, Mount Bruce
Open Fridays to Sundays, 2pm to 4 pm
Admission ($10) includes afternoon tea

80 year old wedding gown,
Martinborough Colonial Museum
Martinborough Colonial Museum
The Square, Martinborough
Open 2 pm to 4 pm, weekends and public holidays

Aratoi Museum of Art and History
Cnr Bruce and Dixon Streets, Masterton
Open every day - 10 am to 4.30 pm

Sports and Vintage Aviation Society 
South Belt, Masterton
Open Sundays from lunchtime onwards

The Woolshed (National Museum of Sheep and Shearing)
Dixon Street, Masterton
Open every day - 10 am to 4 pm.

Norsewood Pioneer Cottage Museum
Coronation Street, Norsewood
Open daily - 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Ormondville Railway Station (Map)
Monthly open weekends and by arrangement

Bedroom, featuring historic linens, dolls and other
interesting clothing and ephemera.
Pahiatua and Districts Museum
Pahiatua and Districts Museum Society
66 Sedcole Street, Pahiatua
Open Sundays, 2 - 4 pm

Pahiatua Railcar Society
Pahiatua Railway Station
See website for events and further information

Woodville Pioneer Museum Society
62 Ormond Street, Woodville
Open Sundays, 2 - 4 pm

Woodville Reed Organ Museum
50 Tay Street, Woodville
Visit anytime, but phone ahead 06-376-4427 to ensure there's someone there.

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1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942


Masterton's main street was a sorry sight yesterday.

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Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7325, 1 December 1902, Page 2

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