Public History Talk: ‘Leading the way: 100 years of the Tararua Tramping Club’ by Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean (Wellington, 3 July 2019)

Come along to the next Public History Talk hosted by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the National Library:

Leading the way: 100 years of the Tararua Tramping Club

The Tararua Tramping Club (TTC) was founded in 1919. Back then most people viewed tramping as an odd form of recreation but today tramping has become one of New Zealand’s most popular leisure pursuits. The club also fostered climbing, embraced skiing and encouraged women to participate in all these activities. And its leaders encouraged the formation of other clubs throughout the country.

For many, the TTC became ‘family’, it was a place that generously welcomed everyone. By drawing people together in the social atmosphere of the clubrooms and in the mountains of New Zealand and overseas, the TTC fostered many life-long bonds, friendships and marriages.

Within the context of 100 years of organised tramping in New Zealand, the talk will discuss how the club formed, why it was a success and how it set a model for other clubs to follow.

About the speakers

Shaun Barnett is a freelance writer and photographer. His Classic Tramping in New Zealand, co-authored with Rob Brown (1999) won a Montana Book Award. Between 2008 and 2018, Shaun also edited the Federated Mountain Club’s magazine, Backcountry.

Chris Maclean is the author of Tararua: the Story of a Mountain Range (1994). The success of this book encouraged him to become a full time writer and his book Kapiti (1999), won a Montana Book Award.


Date: Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Time: 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Location: Tiakiwai Seminar Rooms, Lower ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.
Access is through the Library’s main entrance.

These free public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Note: most talks are recorded and will be available online at