The Marlborough Museum team is lead by Steve Austin in Blenheim.

The Museum Team

Steve Austin, Museum Director

steveaustin1.jpgSteve joined the Museum in 2006 to lead the Museum into its next phase of development. He graduated in Art History, Music and Classical History. He has a first class honours degree in History. He also holds a National Certificate in Museum Practice, and a Diploma of Teaching.


After lecturing at Christchurch College of Education for ten years, Steve worked in Wellington at the City Gallery before moving to The Dowse, and later The Nelson Provincial Museum.


Steve is currently working on several publishing projects in his "spare time". The first is on early Chinese settlers in New Zealand. His other project is on New Zealand photographer Thelma Kent, who was active in the 1930s. In 2017 he has been working on a book about the life and work of Marlborough potter Elizabeth Lissaman, after completing a short history of Blenheim in 2016.


John Orchard, Senior Teacher, Heritage Education

johno1.jpgJohn has been the Senior Teacher of the Heritage Education Programme for over 7 years, following 25 years as a history, geography, mathematics and outdoor pursuits teacher in Christchurch, Oamaru and Blenheim.


He feels privileged to have a job involving many of his interests. These include running field trips for the Marlborough Historical Society and HPT, restoration of historic earth buildings, photographic archives, sea kayaking, archaeology, Marlborough and military history, and building projects.


John has also been President of the progressive Riverside Railway project since it's formation 23 years ago.