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Donation of photographic negatives

Retired photographer Donald McKay recently donated the negatives accumulated during his career to Akaroa Museum.

Donald McKay's photographic negatives constitute a very important photographic record of Banks Peninsula life that spans the years from about 1950 to the early 1980s. There is a wide variety of subject matter, from weddings and 21st birthdays to documenting farming activities such as docking and the cocksfoot grass seed harvest, and scenic shots.

The collection contains many (hundreds) of excellent photographs, beautiful compositions that stand alone as works in their own right. As a historical record the collection is extremely rich, there is little in the way of Peninsula photographs from that period in public collections, so this donation to Akaroa Museum fills out a major gap in the historical coverage.

Akaroa Museum is very grateful to Don for entrusting the negatives - the work of his professional life – to the Museum’s care. In turn, the Museum will be able to ensure that generations to come will be able to delight in his photographs. Next year, the Museum plans to mount an exhibition of some of Don's photographs to celebrate his Peninsula photography.