Davis Theatre - Whare Tapere

A venue for concerts, lectures, training sessions, live theatre
•    Seats 200
•    Data projector available
•    Sound system available
•    Blu-ray capability
•    Black and white boards available

Costs $100 half day; $200 full day; $25.00 per hour


The Wanganui Public Musuem was all dressed up to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Whanganui in January 1954. The photograph was taken and printed using a modified die transfer process, which involved three exposures on monochrome film through three basic colour filters. To allow for the large difference in exposure times between the images, flood lights were used. In order to manage the relatively short exposure times of the flood lights, the city engineer parked his car nearby. For each exposure, on the signal, he blew the car horn and a Museum staff member inside switched off the appropriate light. Each negative was printed by an enlarger onto special uncoated paper and then the three die images were transferred to the final full colour print.