John’s collection includes rare equipment, such as:
A hand-cranked moviescope machine called a What the Butler Saw from 1892, which shows a moving image made by flipping cards of sequential images.
A projector which came to New Zealand in 1897, brought out by the Salvation Army to show the first movies screened here.
A Pathe 28-millimetre projector from the early 20th century. 28mm was the betamax of early film, in competition with 35mm film.
A Kinetiscope made by Thomas Edison between 1896 and 1898.
A Holmes ‘‘all sprocket’’ 16mm projector, which was saved from a skip by two locals.