Author(s): Oldman, W.O.
A new, enhanced edition of Polynesian Society Memoir 15, to which an introductory essay and finder-list have been added by Roger Neich and Janet Davidson. The catalogue illustrates and describes the Polynesian artifacts purchesd by the New Zealand Government in 1948 from W.O. Oldman, arguably the foremost British collector of Oceanic artifacts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most items in the collection were divided between the four major New Zealand museums, but a substantial number were allotted to provincial museums. The volume not only provides an overview of the collection, but also includes an essay on the history of the collection and a listing of the items by their present location.