Public speaking

Dora Bobory

Posted on October 6 2021

Dóra is a historian with a PhD from the Central European University (formerly in Budapest, currently in Vienna) who has been living in Wellington with her family since 2016. She has been exploring a wide range of late medieval and early modern topics ranging from the history of science, particularly that of sixteenth-century alchemical experimentation, to book culture, autobiography-writing and

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Stephen Clarke

Posted on September 21 2021

A History graduate of the University of Otago (BA Hons, MA) and the University of New South Wales (PhD), I am a professional historian and managing director of Making History Ltd. After working as a historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and a fifteen-year career with ex-service organisations in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including as

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Philippa Werry

Posted on September 21 2021

I grew up in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and New Plymouth, and studied English and Greek at the University of Auckland, graduating with an MA in Middle English. Later I worked at the Parliamentary Library, and as a law librarian in Wellington and London. I now live in Wellington. I write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, primarily for children and young

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Michelle Smith

Posted on September 21 2021

Having completed a BA (History and Education) in 1999 and a BA Honours (History) in 2005, at the University of Auckland, and worked in the disability sector for a number of years, I went back to university on a doctoral scholarship. In 2009, I completed my PhD, ‘Assessing Gender in the Construction of Scottish Identity c.1286-c.1586’, which was conferred in

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Karin Speedy

Posted on September 21 2021

As a historian, researcher, writer, literary scholar, linguist and translator, my work focuses on the tensions at the intersections (both geographical and textual) of contact between Indigenous and settler populations in the colonial and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone worlds. I am especially interested in creolisation and anti-colonial resistance and my writing reflects critically on trans-imperial networks, horizontal mobilities, slavery and forced

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Julia Bradshaw

Posted on September 21 2021

Currently Senior Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum, Julia Bradshaw has worked in Museums for about 27 years. Julia has a background in South Island history and has a special interest in New Zealand’s gold-rushes, Chinese, women and remote places and she has had five books published on these topics. She is currently researching European use of pounamu, Chinese-European marriages

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Jane Vial

Posted on September 21 2021

MA (distinction), Dip Arts, BA Director Art & Heritage Services – art historian, curator, lecturer and writer. RECENT PUBLICATIONS In Plain Sight: Margaret Frankel, the overlooked foundation artist of The Group, Bulletin, no 205 (2021) Christchurch Art Gallery, https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/205/in-plain-sight Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter, Rim Books (2019). Commissioned by Marlborough Museum. LECTURER Art in the Great Outdoors –

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Helen Leggatt

Posted on September 21 2021

I am a second-year PhD candidate (UC Scholarship) in History at the University of Canterbury. My research interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century deathways with a focus on the British colonies, transnational histories, and history from ‘the bottom up’. My PhD thesis explores the introduction of modern cremation to New Zealand (1874-1946) with a focus on the technology’s reception and

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David Verran

Posted on September 21 2021

I volunteer at Devonport and Birkenhead Museums, as well as Auckland Council Archives, and am on the committee at Devonport Museum and North Shore Historical Society. I was formerly a librarian from 1975 to 2017 and graduated with MA Hons in history from the University of Auckland in 1974. I also write a monthly local history column for ‘Channel’ magazine

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Ann McEwan

Posted on September 21 2021

I am an experienced heritage consultant with a nation-wide practice that specialises in cultural heritage identification, assessment and policy advice. With a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of Canterbury, I lectured at the University of Waikato for ten years before establishing Heritage Consultancy Services in 2006. My work ranges from large-scale district plan review inputs for

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Alison Breese

Posted on September 21 2021

Alison is a Historian for New Zealand Heritage Properties by day and historian by night for the company Museograph. She has had over 20 years’ experience in archives and research and recently completed the first digital Masters of History at University of Otago in 2020. She has held the portfolio for website and social media on the National Council of

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Monica Webb

Posted on September 10 2021

I completed my MA in History (Distinction) at Massey University with my thesis on the life of Lady Anna Stout and I am currently preparing the manuscript for the full-length biography of Lady Stout. I have taught and tutored New Zealand history courses at Massey University and presented papers at numerous conferences. My paper entitled A Colonial for the Cause

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Danielle Campbell

Posted on September 10 2021

I am a qualified heritage professional with interpretation, research, collections management and curatorial experience at Te Papa, the New Zealand Police Museum, Wellington City Council’s Heritage Team and The Treasury Research Centre and Archive in Thames. I am passionate about exhibition and public programme development, heritage interpretation and increasing access to museum and archive collections. I am a PHANZA Executive

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Lynette Townsend

Posted on September 2 2021

I’m a historian with a focus on telling stories through alternative media and multiple platforms. I’m currently doing that through collectable stamps and coins at New Zealand Post. Projects completed while Senior Historian, Audio-Visual Content at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage include ‘Te Tai: Treaty Settlement Stories’, and ‘Women, the Vote and Activism’ for Suffrage 125.I also have

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