Ob­jec­ti­fy­ing his­tory

Metro Magazine NZ - - Etc. -

This wine jar was made by the Ti­ti­rangi pot­ter Jova Ran­cich in the 1930s for Simun Uj­dur, owner of the Bird­wood Win­ery Es­tate in West Auck­land. Uj­dur was a pi­o­neer­ing viti­cul­tur­ist who ar­rived in New Zealand in 1895 from Croa­tia and ini­tially worked as a gum dig­ger and photograph­er be­fore mov­ing to West Auck­land to join the large Croa­t­ian com­mu­nity there.

The Bird­wood Win­ery Es­tate, es­tab­lished in 1912, was one of many suc­cess­ful vine­yards in West Auck­land, most of which were owned and run by Croa­t­ian fam­i­lies.


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