- Purchased, 2009
- C-type photograph
- 1500 x 2100mm
Fiona Pardington photographed this treasured glass model at Canterbury Museum, where it is currently on display. It was made by local glass blower John Rowe in 1950 to commemorate a century of European settlement in the Waitaha Canterbury region. The Charlotte Jane was one of the ‘first four ships’ that carried the European settlers to Christchurch, and its depiction here raises issues of colonisation for Ngāi Tahu Māori. Pardington depicts the Charlotte Jane as a ‘ghost ship’ – a fragile and ethereal phantom of the past whose image persists in the present.
(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)