New community exhibition at North Otago Museum

Teschemakers Exhibition at the North Otago Museum


Veritas: St. Patrick’s Dominican College Teschemakers is a new temporary exhibition at the North Otago Museum running from 24 March to 4 September 2012.

The exhibition celebrates 100 years since the opening of Teschemakers school, and tells the story of the hundreds of girls and dozens of nuns who made school home.  Teschemakers was a rural boarding school for Catholic girls located near Oamaru.  The School opened in 1912.  In 1977 the decision was made to close Teschemakers, but the memories live on.

Teschemakers exhibition.  Photo courtesy of North Otago Museum.

Museum curator Chloe Searle says visitors to the exhibition could find out about “midnight feasts, boarding school food, horse riding, the ball and “good Catholic boys” in this fascinating exhibition”.

The exhibition includes dozens of photographs, items from Teschemakers school and original uniforms. It also features audio clips from former teachers and pupils as they recall details of their time at Teschemakers.

Teschemakers exhibition. Photo courtesy of North Otago Museum.

Ms Searle said the exhibition would have something for everyone.  “Even if you didn’t go to Teschemakers, there are some things about the experience of school and childhood that I think a lot of people will relate to when they see this show.”

The exhibition is on every day and entry is free.