Fighter Ace Wall

This wall displays biographies of 15 World War I Fighter Aces and 80 World War II Fighter Aces.  The term Fighter Ace is generally held to mean a pilot who has scored at least five victories in air-to-air combat.  In the case of night fighter and multi-seat day fighter aircraft, the navigator/radar operator, without whose assistance the pilot could not have reached his total, is named where possible.

Grahame Sydney Lithographs & Etchings

We have on display in our Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest private collection of over 50 lithographs and etchings by Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney.


Ralph Watson Workshop

Some regard Ralph Watson as Auckland’s answer to Southland’s Burt Munro. The difference is that Burt Munro’s obsession with speed led to the movie The World’s Fastest Indian and fame, while Watson died in the mid-2000s in relative obscurity.

A fan, who prefers to remain anonymous, arranged for Watson’s entire workshop to be shifted from Point Chevalier in Auckland to the museum and everything returned to its original place – from the old belt-driven lathe on which he created engineering masterpieces down to the slippers he wore while he did it.

On display is the 5113cc rotary aeroplane engine Mr Watson built on his belt-driven lathe.