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Sylvester the cat plush


Sylvester the cat plushie in the main branch of the New Zealand National Library in Wellington was just the latest in a long string of animals who have been in the library.

Here's the lowdown on all the previous feline visitors to our beloved National Library.

A kowhai cat on exhibit at the National Library in Wellington in 2014. Photo: National Library

1. The kowhai (also known as the New Zealand long-tailed kowhai or long-tailed swamphen)

When New Zealand became a republic in the 1980s, an animal became the new national emblem.

Before that, a native kowhai plant with long leaves and feathery flowers was used as an emblem.

Kowhai are a type of swamphen. The kowhai plushie at the National Library is based on the kowhai plant.

2. St. Bernard

Our first cat was St. Bernard, a pet of Lord and Lady John Kerr when they visited New Zealand in 1883.

Lord and Lady John Kerr, pictured in 1890, are credited with bringing the kowhai to the country as an official emblem in 1884. Photo: National Library

Lord and Lady John Kerr stayed in a house in Hobson Bay, Auckland and bought a dog, St. Bernard, to go with them when they travelled to New Zealand.

They brought the dog back to England after a trip and gave the kowhai plant as a gift to New Zealand.

The family also brought back some kowhai seedlings.

3. A tabby cat

Next, a tabby cat. This cat visited the library between 1908 and 1914.

The cat could have been named "Lucky" or "Puss".

4. Ching Ping

Another tabby cat was spotted on a library staff member's desk between 1921 and 1942.

It could have been named either Ching Ping or Ching Ping-Chow, and is pictured in our collection.

5. Mr. and Mrs. Piggins

A cat was named Mr. and Mrs. Piggins, who visited the library between 1943 and 1959.

Mr. Piggins was a big tabby cat. His wife was a white tabby with a black head.

6. Fluff

The last cat to visit the library was Fluff, a long-haired black and white tabby. He visited the library between 1958 and 1967.

Fluff visited the library every day.

The tabby cat's name could have been Fluffy, Fluff, Fluffie, Flukes or Fluffie-Flops.

Fluff (left) and Flukes the cat visiting the library in the 1960s.

7. Kowhai

The Kowhai plushie in our collection of stuffed animals is one of the last cats to visit the library, but he only made the trip once in the 1970s.

Kowhai could have been named Puss-Kowhai or Puss-Lucky.

8. Lulu

Our collection of stuffed animals includes a toy kitty who has also visited the library.

Between 1979 and 1984, Lulu visited the library three times.

It could have been named either Lulu or Lolly, both female names with a cute ending.

9. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A white angora toy cat named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang visited the library between 1976 and 1985.

The cat could have been named Biscuit.

10. Nibble

Nibble, an angora cat, visited the library between 1971 and 1991.

He could have been named Butter.

11. Muggles

Muggles, an angora cat, visited the library between 1968 and 1974.

It could have been named Magpie.

12. Winkle

Winkle, an angora cat, visited the library between 1973 and 1985.

He could have been named Whiskers.

13. Houdini

This angora cat, named after the famous escape artist Harry Houdini, visited the library between 1976 and 1983.

There’s also an angora rabbit named Houdini who visited the library in the 1970s and 1980s.

14. Dancer

Dancer, an angora cat, visited the library between 1976 and 1985.

It could have been named Tumbler.

15. Puss

Puss, a silky cat, visited the library between 1979 and 1984.

It could have been named Puss-Puss or Fluff.

16. Pookie

Our collection of angora cats includes Pookie, who visited the library between 1970 and 1976.

A library staff member at the time remembers that she was “very friendly and happy to have visitors.”

17. Filly

Filly, an angora cat, visited the library between 1965 and 1968.

She could have been named Nip.

18. Ginger

Ginger, an angora cat, visited the library between 1973 and 1978.

She could have been named Scratching.

19. Houdini

Houdini, an angora cat, visited the library between 1969 and 1976.

His name evokes the legendary magician’s legacy.

20. Snowball

Snowball, an angora cat, visited the library between 1971 and 1977.

His name evokes the famous snowball fight in The Wizard of Oz.

21. Houdini

Houdini, an angora cat, visited the library between 1969 and 1976.

His name evokes the legendary magician’s legacy.

22. Catfish

Catfish, an angora cat, visited the library between 1972 and 1976.

It could have been named Catty.

23. Fluff

Fluff, an angora cat, visited the library between 1979 and 1984.

A library staff member at the time remembers that she was “very friendly and happy to have visitors.”

24. Pookie

Pookie, an angora cat, visited the library between 1970 and 1976.

She could have been named Puss-Puss or Fluff.

25. Catfish

Catfish, an angora cat, visited the library between 1972 and 1976.

It could have been named Catty.

26. Pookie

Pookie, an angora cat, visited the library between 1970 and 1976.

She could have been named Puss-Puss or Fluff.

27. Snowball

Snowball, an angora cat, visited the library between 1971 and 1977.

His name evokes the famous snowball fight in The Wizard of Oz.

28. Houdini

Houdini, an angora cat, visited the library between 1969 and 1976.

His name evokes the legendary magician’s legacy.

29. Pookie

Pookie, an angora cat, visited the library between 1970 and 1976.

She could have been named Puss-Puss or Fluff.

30. Fluff

Fluff, an angora cat, visited the library between 1979 and 1984.

A library staff member at the time remembers that she was “very friendly and happy to have visitors.”

31. Fl


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