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In celebration of Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month: Nelson Provincial Museum

In celebration of Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month we wanted to remind Nelsonians that our region played host to the car of Elvis Presley, the ‘King of Rock in Roll’, in 1969! ??
The gold-plated Cadillac, valued at some NZ $75,000 at the time (that’s over NZ $1.3 million by todays standards), chewed up gas at the rate of seven miles to the gallon. The car was on display without its gold plating and many flocked to see it. The exterior of the 1960 model car was nothing to write home about, but the interior was something else again! The upholstery was plush gold frieze with pearl buttons, and the rear compartment contained a record player, radio-telephone, television, floor-mounted shoe polisher, tape recorder, a refrigerator and other gadgets!

Does anyone remember visiting it?
To learn more, check out the article on the Nelson Photo News website:
? credit: Inspecting Elvis Presley’s car on display in Nelson, 1969. Nelson Provincial Museum, Barry Simpson, Nelson Photo News Collection: 35mm 1435_fr3
NZ Music Month
Elvis Presley Fans

Our Museum Shop now stocks a beautiful range of ceramics from the very talented @silverfinchceramics ?
Silverfinch Ceramics is a family business creating bespoke plant vessels, inspired by the natural world. They are lovingly hand crafted in the foothills of the Kahurangi.
Pop into our Museum Shop to see the range for yourself, which are already a favourite among shop staff ?

Click here to find out more…

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