The Collector's Cabinet: Clocks

26/02/2018 - 18/04/2018
Collectors Cabinet: Clocks

Currently on display as part of the "Collector’s Cabinet" series at Alberton, is a fascinating selection of clocks, watches, timepieces, watchmakers tools and other collectibles belonging to horologist and historian Terry Sutcliffe.  

Part of a collection of over 100 items, usually on display in his living room and in a purpose-built private museum on his property, the selection dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, includes pocket watches with New Zealand inscribed dials, military and railway watches, stands, cases, keys and intricate tools. A marine chronometer salvaged from one of Auckland’s best-known shipwrecks, the SS Wiltshire – the steamship that hit rocks on Great Barrier Island in May 1922 - also features. 

Currently researching early watch making and retailing in New Zealand, Terry is keen to hear from members of the public with any connections to this industry and is seeking timepieces, branded watch keys, boxes, old shop signage, business cards, photographs and papers to trace this history.

To learn more about the collection come to a talk on Sunday 4 March at 1:30pm. This will be an informal chat followed by a Q&A and tea. Bring along your own timepiece for appraisal and share its story.

Event Details


  • Exhibition runs 28 February - 18 April
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Public talk about the collection (from Terry)
  • Sunday 4 March, 1.30pm

How Much?

Free with normal house admission (adults $10, children and Heritage New Zealand members free). The public talk is also free with normal admission, no booking required.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Children free Unaccompanied children $3.50 Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.