Public History Talk by Elizabeth Cox: The Saving of Old St Paul’s (Wednesday 7 November 2018, Wellington)

Come along to the final in the 2018 series of Public History Talks, hosted by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage at the National Library.

The saving of Old St Paul’s

Opened in 1866, a century later St Paul’s Church in Thorndon, Wellington was facing a future of demolition, dismemberment or relocation from its site. This talk will discuss the heritage battle during the 1950s-1960s to decide the future of the church, and discuss some of the personalities and organisations that entered the fray.

It will also consider the developing and differing concepts of what ‘heritage’ is in New Zealand, concepts which were put to the test during the sometimes bitter fight to save the church, one of the first and most important heritage battles in New Zealand conservation history.

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Cox is a Wellington heritage consultant, and a senior historian at Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She has researched and written about the social history of many of Wellington’s most important heritage buildings. For a number of years she has undertaken a project to explore the social history of Wellington city through the lens of just one building, Old St Paul’s; this project can be found here. Her book about the saving of the church, A Friend Indeed: The Saving of Old St Paul’s, was launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year. Elizabeth also blogs about Wellington heritage issues at

Talk details:

Date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Time: 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Te Ahumairangi Room (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon