Steering wheel, paddlesteamer "Delta"

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Mike Campbell
(Kaiwhakatauira Whakanikoniko, Graphic Designer)

This wheel reminded Mike that he is “at an age where most of the planet has been discovered, its either the deep bottom of the ocean or you have to go to outer space…so its like this great quote - Born too late for tall ships and too soon for star ships”.

Mike grew up on adventure stories, pirates hunting for treasure. He says he watched Robin Williams in Hook over and over again and imagined the freedom of being on the open sea. Unfortunately, he does get seasick and says he would have made a terrible pirate. However, Mike would happily get on a shuttle to outer space if he could take his family too. These days, he imagines that next undiscovered frontier while reading a simplified Star Wars to his three-year-old daughter and is pleased that it’s always the book she grabs.

Citation: Exhibition label for "Taonga Talking".
23 June 2023 - 15 October 2023.
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Wood steering wheel
995mm diameter
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Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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