European Settlement

European Settlement, 2020, Waitaki Museum

In the mid 1800s, Ōamaru was a bustling outpost of the British Empire. Immigrants from different cultural and social backgrounds settled here in search of a better life. Colonisation changed the landscape and the lives of Māori profoundly.

These objects from the Victorian era represent two sides of the colonial dream. Some people found fame and fortune beyond their wildest imaginings. Others endured hardship and tragedy.

Permanent Exhibition, Waitaki Museum, ground floor, 60 Thames Street, Oamaru