MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology, Western Springs, Auckland interview by Radio New Zealand Sound historical programme
Jim Sullivan, Interviewer; David Wright, Interviewee;
22 Aug 2004
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David Wright, Interviewee
00.06” Jim Sullivan talks to David Wright at MOTAT. Wright talks about reason MOTAT was established in early 1960s. Wright gives reason site was offered to MOTAT. Size of site.
02.41” Wright talks about storage, restoration and care of collection. Source of funding in early years of museum. Current funding as result of Act of parliament passed in 2000 by local government. Reason feels MOTAT has ‘special place’ in hearts of Aucklanders. Increase in visitor numbers. Collection is wide and deep.
04.44” Sullivan’s visit is taking place during school holidays. Tour of pump house, built in 1877. Wright explains why pump house was built. Pump powered by two steam engines. Building recently been restored. Pump now driven by electric motor; not steam. Coal-fired steam engines. Up to three million gallons of water pumped each day. Springs still run into lake at Western Springs. Talks about restoration of pumphouse building.
07.07” Sounds of pump engines; steam whistle. Wright talks about steam engines which run at MOTAT. Sullivan talks about engineer shovelling coal.
08.29” MOTAT owns last Richard Pearse-built aircraft. MOTAT also has replicas of other Pearse aircraft. Talks about Pearse’s achievements. Museum does not get involved in arguments about when Pearse first flew aircraft. Recordings of audio in Pearse exhibition.
10.33” Replica built in Auckland and taken to Waitohi, South Canterbury to Pearse farm. Explains how replica aircraft was used at this demonstration in Waitohi. Weather on day of demonstration. Wright talks about making replica. Mentions Geoff Rodliffe and Don Fleming.
11.44” Sullivan talks about signs at MOTAT gate – ‘Colonial Arms’ pub; various display halls. Mentions ‘K’ class locomotive. Wright mentions size of MOTAT collections – space rocket from United States, Victorian village containing cottage where engineer who ran pump house lived. Sullivan mentions Clydesdale horses drawing carriage.
13.15” Wright talks about collection of items in collection. Talks about collection archived at Walsh Memorial Library. MOTAT has items made up until 1960s. Wright explains that museum needs to continue collecting objects. Sullivan mentions staff at Walsh Memorial Library. Gives examples of questions which library has been asked.
16.49” Item about MOTAT ends
Sullivan talks about origin of songs which then plays
22.36” Recording ends
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