Auckland Libraries’ Heritage Talk: Labour Day in Auckland with David Verran, 18 October 2023

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 12pm-1pm

Whare Wananga, L2 Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre or via Zoom

New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to gain an eight-hour working day, culminating in Labour Day – commemorating this struggle. Historian David Verran will cover the background to the Labour Day Act of 1899, including the eight-hour day movement, the celebration of May Day in the northern hemisphere, and how Labour Day was specifically celebrated in Auckland over the years up to the present day.

About the speaker

David Verran is a historian, author, and former librarian (1975 to 2017). He graduated with MA Hons in history from the University of Auckland in 1974.

In 2010 Random House published his ‘The North Shore; an illustrated history’ and he has written a few articles and book reviews.

David is a member of PHANZA (Professional Historians of Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa) and volunteers at Devonport and Birkenhead Museums, Auckland Council Archives, and he is on the Devonport Museum and North Shore Historical Society committee. He also writes a monthly local history column for ‘Channel’ magazine on the North Shore.

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