Speeches, Leo Bestall

Bestall (MBE) Leonard Delabere
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Four sets of speech notes by Leo Bestall about the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery and exhibitions.

a) Speech dated 16 February 1948. Delivered at an Art Society function and concert to mark the first use of a new piano, which cost £450.Bestall mentions that £225 had been raised toward paying the loan for the piano and that the proceeds from the concert would also help. Mr W J Rush donated a picture to help fundraising. There are notes on the base of the page.

b) Undated speech in which Bestall talks about a William Colenso exhibition at the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery which was prepared in 1940. Thanks the Heretaunga Tramping Club for taking photographs of the areas where Colenso travelled and collected botanical specimens. Bestall mentions that Colenso's printing press was in the collection and that they often used it for making labels, that they had portions of his herbarium and that they recently found a field notebook of his that still had specimens between the pages. Also mentions the effects of World War II on stifling the progress the museum was making and makes a request for donations of natural history specimens, Māori artefacts and Pākehā documents and artefacts. Notes may be incomplete.

c) Undated speech with Bestall talking as Honorary Director of the Hawke's Bay Museum. The speech is about the Waipare Collection which the Museum had been looking after and which its owners had decided to sell. The collection had been that of Mr F J Williams and included Inanga Pounamu which had once belonged to Te Rauparaha. Bestall details the story behind this and other objects in the collection. The collection was valued at £740 and the Arts Society decided the collection needed to be purchased by the Museum. Bestall finishes by requesting subscriptions from the public in order for this to happen.

d) Undated speech entitled: Statement of the Problems of the Small Museum. Discussed under the headings of finance, policy, technical, staff and educational services.
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a) Handwritten on both sides in blue ink.
b) Handwritten in pencil.
c) Composite sheets of paper with editing in blue ink.
d) Handwritten in blue ink on yellow paper.
Height x Width: 205 x 173mm
Height x Width: 210 x 166mm
Height x Width: 270 x 205mm
Height x Width: 263 x 210mm
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from the Leo Bestall Collection
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