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Isaac du Toit

Isaac du Toit-418Isaac du Toit, born in 2004, is a New Zealand author with an interest in 18th century and 17th century British history. In 2016 du Toit co-authored A Children’s Guide to Splendour with Megan du Toit, his mother. This was a guide to the artworks on display in the 2016-2017 Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) exhibition European Splendour 1500-1800. A Children’s Guide to Splendour was launched online in October 2016 and published in paperback in May 2019.
Isaac's most recent guide is A Children's Guide to Lisa Walker, a guide to the contemporary jewellery of Lisa Walker. This publication was produced in conjunction with the 2018 Te Papa Tongarewa exhibition 'I Want To Go To My Bedroom But I Can’t Be Bothered' which showcased and charted Lisa Walker's 30 year exploration of what "jewellery" is or can be.
In September 2018 Isaac published Greenwood Manor, a fictional book inspired by portraits from Te Papa Tongarewa.
At age 12 du Toit co-founded the Pukerua Bay School Museum, New Zealand’s first ever museum founded and run by children. The exhibitions on display were local history, visual art (children and adults) and natural history. This led to collaboratively writing a blog post for the Te Papa Tongarewa blog. The article was spotted by a local children’s television show which came to film the founders. Museums Aotearoa, New Zealand’s professional body of museums, also read the blog post and came to tour the museum.
Selected bibliography:
  • Passionately Curious (independently published December 16, 2019)
  • A Children's Guide to Lisa Walker (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2018)
  • Greenwood Manor (independently published September 15, 2018)
  • The Fog Rises (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)
  • A Children's Guide to Splendour (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2017).

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