How did an Italian astrolabe end up on the New Zealand passport?
A few years ago I enjoyed a blog post in which National Maritime Museum curator Rebekah Higgitt wrote about the “navigation” theme of the new New Zealand passport design. Higgitt discussed the use of John Harrison’s H1 clock as an illustration in the passport. She also noted that the description on the New Zealand government website mentioned an astrolabe, which piqued my interest. I tried to find out more, but the website didn’t include pictures, and none of my Kiwi frien