The Jack Morgan Museum

 

The Jack Morgan Museum is easy to find situated on State highway one at Hukerenui next to the historical Hukerenui Tavern. Volunteers are ready to welcome visitors and answer questions. Welcome and lets have some fun!

Discover our latest exhibition about  Northland history.

Inside our Museum

 

You will find a range of tools, machinery and exhibitions on the early pioneering spirit of Northland. Come along and learn about the history of the Hukerenui area.

Swap Meet 28 September 2019

On the 29 September 2019 the Hukerenui Hotel is holding a Swat Meet and Hot Road Show in association with the NSRA Northland.  Come and have a look and pop into the museum while you are there.

Jack Passes away at 97

Hukerenui's community hero Jack Morgan has passed away peacefully, two months after he and his wife Lorraine celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.Mr Morgan was a well-loved member of his community, who created a true legacy with the Jack Morgan Museum opened in 2010. Daughter Shirley Henwood said at 97 years old, he was ready to go. "We are very lucky to have had him so long," she said. Granddaughter Diane Henwood said his support of his entire family had been huge. "He helped Grandma with her Cubs (Scouts) and has been a big support for her, especially in recent years," she said. "He was very supportive of all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren." Ms Henwood said he passed away peacefully at Whangarei Hospital on Thursday after his health took a turn for the worse. Mr Morgan's sixth great-grandchildren was born on his birthday, a month ago. "It was very special," Ms Henwood said. Mr Morgan spent his life farming. He was appointed to stay in Northland during World War II to help the women work the farms. He contracted to farms from Ohaewai to Motatau."He worked for everyone in the community," Ms Henwood said. He spent time working for the A&P; Society, the local golf club, he was a welder, and was a life member of the Hukerenui rugby club.Ms Henwood described the Jack Morgan Museum as a community tribute to her grandfather.The museum opened in 2010 next to his local watering hole, the Hukerenui Hotel, and features a wide array of items he collected in his lifetime. Mr Morgan would visit the museum on his modified ride-on mower. In April Mr Morgan received the Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary's highest honour. ​

Award surprise for dad, daughter​

  Jack Morgan isn't one for pomp and ceremony.But there was a hint of a smile on his face when the 96-year-old from Hukerenui was presented with a top Rotary award, as was his daughter Shirley Henwood.The Rotary Club of Whangarei City recently held a special meeting at the Jack Morgan Museum at Hukerenui without Mr Morgan knowing he was the guest of honour and to be awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship. Equally, his daughter was unaware she was also to be a recipient of Rotary's highest honour.Mr Morgan's collection was stored in his three-bay garage "chokka full of stuff" before it was decided the historic gear should be put on display for the public. A dedicated team of volunteers ensured the idea became reality and in 2010 the museum was opened.Now Mr Morgan has modified his ride-on lawnmower, by taking off the blade, and once a week makes a dash across State Highway 1 to visit the museum. His eyesight might be failing him, but Mr Morgan's memory is as sharp as ever.Consultant Larry Robbins was involved in the museum project from the start. "Museums don't just happen. They need the inspiration then the work to get going," he said.He said the presentation of exhibits and the cataloguing was excellent. "This museum is a testimony to the community and Jack himself."Mrs Henwood was overwhelmed by the award and thanked everyone who had the museum a reality.District Governor Lyndsay Ford and his wife Alison made a special trip from Auckland to make the presentation.

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Opening Hours

 

Summer Hours (1st Oct to 31st May)

10am to 4pm

Winter Hours   (1st Jun to 31st Sept)

10am to 3pm

 

Open daily except:

Good Friday                     

Easter Sunday

Xmas Eve & Xmas Day

Boxing Day            

Anzac Day till 1pm            

New Years Day

 Admission Charges

Adults - $6

Children (5-15yrs) -- $2

Family (2A + 3C) - -$14

Groups (10+)---------$5 

 

Annual Museum Friends Pass - $10

Jack Morgan.

 

Jack Morgan was born in 1916, and has lived all his 96 years in the Hukerenui area. His passion for collecting memorabilia from the early pioneering days began about 35 years ago. The collection includes stationary motors, farming and household equipment, forestry, -etc. which he gifted to the community in 2008.

 

On April 3rd 2013 Mr Jack Morgan received the Paul Harris Fellowship award.

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