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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, December 1959


It was still possible for New Zealand to acquire antiques, brought in by newcomers to the country, Mrs Perrine Moncrieff told members of the Nelson Historical Society last night. Mrs Moncrieff gave a bright and informative talk on the subject and recalled episodes with dealers in the course of many years' experience as a collector.

Mrs Moncrieff said that although much of the old furniture brought in by the pioneers had been lost or destroyed, there was a new supply from the Old World building up, and nothing should be done to make it difficult for people to bring it into New Zealand.

Mrs Moncrieff said that a study of antiques and the articles used by man in the past was necessary for gaining a bolder outlook on life. It was important that those who knew the value of antiques should pass their knowledge on to the younger generation.