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We Drove Here: Hocken explores motoring history

7 November 2015 - 13 February 2016

We Drove Here is something new for Dunedin’s Hocken Collections, the gallery and archive of the University of Otago. Guest curator Michael Findlay has worked with Hocken Collections staff to showcase the University’s wonderful resources and present them in a themed exhibition that looks at the social side of motoring. How did children entertain themselves on a long trip to the crib? What happened when the roads were flooded? Why was that hedge shaped like a chicken? Find out at We Drove Here at the Hocken Gallery from 7 November 2015 to 13 February 2016.

The social history approach touches on a range of cultural intersections: pioneering motorists; road-making, both urban and rural; the infrastructure and industries that sprang up through the 20th century to support and supply demand; car clubs and motor racing; family holidays; and all the financial luggage that car (and motorcycle) ownership requires.

Timed to coincide with the launch of the Vero International Festival of Historic Motoring organised by the New Zealand Vintage Car Club in January 2016, the exhibition fills the gallery and foyer with classic vehicles, photos, posters, motoring objects and art from the Hocken collections and generously loaned from the Dunedin community.

Collectors and organisations including the Automobile Association have loaned objects and the Otago Daily Times has made its archive of press photographs available. The exhibition was developed with the support of the Otago Motor Club Trust and will tour to other South Island centres following its showing at the Hocken Gallery.

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MS-4008-059. Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, Dunedin

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