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A few more favourite Things


In our ongoing series from OM Curators and Curation staff sharing their favourite items from 2019, here are Nyssa Mildwaters and Emma burns to tell you a little about their favourite things.


Nyssa Mildwaters – Conservation Manager – E I Scallopers Rulers (image above) 

When scallops aren’t shellfish, it is a word that describes a line of repeated curves on the edge of a garment.

Threads magazine says “Scallops … are a fabulous finish not only for hemlines but also for necklines and front edges of a garment”.

Getting the size right, and the curves smooth and equally placed can be a challenge but makes all the difference.  In the 1930s, the Elizabeth Institute in Cleveland, Ohio came up with a great tool to help home sewers do just that - this set of four scalloper rulers in different sizes. They were used to get the buttons in exactly the right place, too.




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 Leg of an extinct moa. Donated by Michael Denny. Photo Kane Fleury, © Otago Museum  

Emma Burns – Curator, Natural Science – Duck, Duck, Goose…and Moa 

In August a collection of extinct bird bones was donated to the Otago Museum by Michael Denny. As a young geology student in 1993, Denny discovered a cache in a creek bed while exploring Pryde’s Gully, near Oamaru, with a friend.  

He collected the remains of extinct moa, the long-gone South Island goose and dearly departed Finsch’s well as a few sheep bones. We are in the process of sorting who is who, what’s what and cataloguing this material into the collection.   


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Skull of an extinct South Island goose, Cnemiornis calcitrans. Donated by Michael Denny. Photo Kane Fleury, © Otago Museum.  


Top Image: Set of scalloper rulers acquired by Patricia Coleman. G2019.29  Ex-University of Otago CLTE teaching collection. © Otago Museum Collection