One Man’s Treasures: John Street & the Fosters Collection

John Street and the Fosters Collection Exhibition

One Man’s Treasures: John Street & the Fosters Collection

29 May – 8 September 2019

Meet the man at the helm of many maritime projects and uncover his curious collection from Auckland’s century-old ship chandlery.

This exhibition celebrates the vision and determination of John Street – a man with a passion for preserving New Zealand’s maritime heritage.

In 2017, John gifted his vast assortment of items that had been part of the historic Foster’s Ship Chandlery to the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Uncover Auckland’s boating world through the wonderful wares of John Street. Peek inside his treasure trove of eclectic curiosities and discover the projects he’s steered to help shape the city of sails. Among other things, John helped establish the New Zealand Maritime Museum, introduced the annual Tug Boat race, as part of the Auckland Anniversary Regatta, lobbied for the restoration of the Percy Vos Heritage Boat Yard and most recently, backed the fascinating 2018 salvaging of a shipwrecked schooner, DARING.

A constant character in the changing face of Auckland’s waterfront, John's approach to collecting is simple - “I’ve kept this as a collection 'cause I thought it was a fairly important bit of history.”






Image credits:  John at the Fosters counter: Southern Studios, Fosters Building: Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira (PH-RESOS-218), John in tug: Ivor Wilkins




  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Our staff are passionate about making the Museum accessible for all people.
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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.