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Our Cambridge Collection has changing exhibitions about Cambridge.  Much of our collection is in storage to ensure its preservation for future generations.


Quiz: Hidden Gems

30 minute activity


We know that our Museum website is full of treasure. Now is your chance to uncover it! Find some jewels, precious metals and stones from Cambridge history.

Handy hint for tracking these down: Search by keyword in the box at the top right hand corner of the Cambridge Museum homepage.

If you want to search for words together apply phrase searching. Use quotation marks to treat words as a phrase e.g.“Sapphire Smith”

Download the Hidden Gems Quiz Worksheet here


  1. In 1867 the Armed Constabulary Act was passed in New Zealand. An Armed Constabulary Officer wore a peakless blue cloth cap as part of his uniform. Which kind of precious metal was the lace band made of?


  1. The Chronicles of Cambridge were written by ‘Chicot’ in 1885. The author wrote of the people of the town describing for instance William, [Evans] of Welsh extraction, who sometimes dealt in Oddities, and who gave his daughter [Mary Ann] to be the lawful wife of the man Frank, [Brooks] .What does it say Frank Brooks did?


  1. Miss Brunskill won first prize in the Ladies Shooting Match, over 200 yards, with a score of 24 out of 25 in December 1904. Miss Nora Bruce was second with 23 and Miss A Ormiston was third also with 23. What did Miss Brunskill win as her prize?


  1. In August 1906 Miss Skeet defeated Miss Kathleen Willis to become Waikato’s Lady Golf Champion. Find out Miss Skeet’s first name?


  1. When W R C Walker, headmaster of the Cambridge District High School, returned from his honeymoon in April 1907 he was greeted with his room decorated with flowers and a floral horseshoe hung over the mantelpiece. What did the teachers present him with?


  1. In June 1907 John Marjoribanks Steele obtained by false pretence a quantity of clothing,  a saddle and bridle and three sums of money totalling £5 8s. Which other items did he obtain?


  1. The President’s Trophy was awarded in October 1907 to Miss K Willis who won the Ladies Golf Championship. What was her prize?


  1. An advertisement in September 1908 for W J Broad Nonpareil Store, Duke Street, Cambridge promoted products such as Cordials, Tinned Fruits, Tomato and Worcester Sauces, Cocoa and Tapioca. Which brand was the tapioca?


  1. And in January 1909 another advertisement proclaimed Christmas is the time for presents, and the place to buy them is at the cheapest, and the cheapest is at – MURRELL’S. What was their window brimming full of?


  1. Miss McComish, who was severing her connection with Thos Well’s establishments in July 1911, was presented by her fellow workers with what kind of adornment?


  1. In February 1912 Mr C Boyce junior retired as bandmaster of the local Brass Band as the members, his chums, deemed him not strict enough to be obeyed. There was an award given to Geo Page as the member attending the most practices. What did he receive?


  1. The children’s fancy dress ball was held at the Cambridge Town Hall in September 1912. Helen Crowther won the under 12 category as ‘Rosebud’ with a prize donated by Mrs Channing Buckland. What did Mrs Buckland donate?


  1. The poem ’The Charms of Cambridge’ was written by G.M. of Te Pahu – 13 November 1923. Find this poem and discover what the young maid dropped at her feet?


  1. The St Andrew’s Church Parish Hall was built by Speight Pearce Nicoll & Davys in 1931. It consists of rough cast reinforced concrete with ornamental buttresses and panels. What shape are the leadlight windows?


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