European Settler History Exhibitions

To find out about Archives resources relating to early settlers, click on the "ABOUT" tab  at the top of your screen, then click on "Archives Brochure".


The Victorian Rooms

Our Victorian Rooms showcase collections in the context of a nineteenth century replica bedroom, sitting room, and kitchen. 

Each room provides a fascinating insight into the function of the Victorian home. The rooms relate to different types of homes showing how European settler families lived over 100 years ago.

Victorian Bedroom


 Victorian KitchenVictorian Sitting Room


More Exhibitions:


 Captain James Cook's visits to the Marlborough Sounds in the 18th century

James Cook



The Wairau Affray

Wairau Affray

Goldmining in Marlborough


Major General Sir Edward Walter Clervaux Chaytor

Chaytor SwordMarlborough's most famous soldier


Elizabeth Lissaman 

DSCF6432.jpgNew Zealand's first studio potter, born in Marlborough