The Collector's Cabinet: Depression Glass

01/04/2017 - 25/06/2017
Green glass

On display in the Ballroom cabinet at Alberton is a striking selection of green Depression Glass from the collection of Auckland Art Deco enthusiast, Sue Olsen. The 1920s and 30s saw the introduction of machine-made, transparent glassware in the USA and Canada referred to as 'Depression Glass' for the era that gave rise to it. Since the 1960s, Depression Glass has been highly collectible and is now scarce in the open market.

The small display presents an insight into the array of pieces produced, from tableware to elegant vanity sets, ornaments and decorative vases modelled on expensive designer pieces. There are also some examples of uranium glass which glow under ultra violet light. Sue’s collection comprises of over 900 items - learn more in a public talk on 7 May. 

Event Details


  • Exhibition runs 1 April - 25 June
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Public talk about the collection (from Sue)
  • Sunday 7 May, 1pm

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.