In­mate gifts model train to Mo­tat

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Mo­tat’s li­brary staff were sur­prised to re­ceive a par­cel sent from an Auck­land prison in­mate.

The un­ex­pected pack­age con­tained a large model steam train which had been painstak­ingly crafted from pa­pier mache into a money box.

The model had been de­signed and hand­painted by an in­mate from Ko­huora Auck­land South Cor­rec­tions Fa­cil­ity.

Ear­lier this year, the in­mate had con­tacted the Mu­seum of Trans­port and Tech­nol­ogy (Mo­tat) with a re­quest for pic­tures of steam trains.

Mo­tat’s Walsh Memo­rial Li­brary and Archives man­ager Philippa Robin­son searched their her­itage col­lec­tion.

‘‘Pris­on­ers don’t have ac­cess to the in­ter­net so I gave him some al­ter­na­tive re­source sug­ges­tions and in­cluded a batch of im­ages, mostly copies of pho­to­graphs from the Mo­tat col­lec­tion and sent that off to Ko­huora.

‘‘I hon­estly thought that was the last we would hear of it.’’

Robin­son says she was sur­prised when the large model steam train was de­liv­ered to her door soon after. ‘‘The crafts­man­ship is re­mark­able,’’ she says.

The steam en­gine replica is on now dis­play in the mu­seum’s Walsh Memo­rial Li­brary.

Mo­tat has also dis­cov­ered that their gift-giv­ing in­mate has cre­ated an ar­ray of sim­i­lar money boxes for Star­ship Hospi­tal.

The large model steam train was painstak­ingly crafted from pa­pier mache into a money box.

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