Christensen, Georgina

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While serving as Deputy Director of the Taranaki Museum (January 1976 – August 1979) Georgina Christensen, researched, wrote and directed a play based on the exploits of Robert Herman Wallath, also known as the Taranaki Highwayman. The play was produced by The Taranaki Museum, at the Museum 26 - 29 July 1978.
Born in 1884, Robert Wallath spent his childhood in New Plymouth. In 1892, the residents in the town were exposed to the first of a series of robberies carried out by an unidentified masked man, who, clad in assorted military regalia, brandishing sword and pistol staged numerous holdups over a period of 18 months, before he was finally captured.
Wallath's escapades as a Highwayman were inspired by tales of Dick Turpin and ultimately cost his 8 years in prison, three of which were hard labour.
The papers include the script of Christensen's play, The Highwayman, posters, programme and scrapbook from the show.

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Playscript. Highwayman. (2 copies) one annotated.

Photographs. Wallath in his Highwayman regalia. (2 copies)

Photographs. From the play The Highwayman.

Negatives. Of The Highwayman.

Posters. (2) The Highwayman. Original and print.

Programmes. (3) The Highwayman.

Newspaper cutting. Wallath charged with being The Highwayman. From the Taranaki Herald

Newspaper cutting. Views of New Plymouth. Taranaki Herald 4 August 1892.

Photocopy. Information on Robert Wallath.

Scrapbook. Photographs Robert Wallath, the production The Highwayman and Taranaki Herald newspaper clippings of the period.

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