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Victoria University History Programme Seminar: ‘Vessel of Globalization: the many worlds of the Edwin Fox, 1853-1905’, talk by Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert (Wellington, Friday 14 June 2019)

Posted on June 6 2019

Come along to a Victoria University of Wellington History Programme Seminar: Vessel of Globalization: the many worlds of the edwin fox, 1853-1905 The merchant vessel Edwin Fox was exceptional for being unexceptional. It was old fashioned even before its keel was laid down in Thomas Reeves’s shipyards near Calcutta in 1853. It was neither large nor fast, and had none

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‘Birdstories’, talk by Geoff Norman (12 June 2019, Wellington)

Posted on June 3 2019

New Zealand’s extraordinary birds New Zealand birds – their discovery, their place in both Pākehā and Māori worlds, their survival and conservation, and the illustrations and art they have inspired. In 1873, Walter Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand introduced our extraordinary birds to the world, and in doing so led many New Zealanders to appreciate them

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‘Fresh collections and fascinating finds on DigitalNZ’ talk at National Library (Wellington, 18 June 2019)

Posted on June 3 2019

DigitalNZ — what’s new DigitalNZ brings together the digital collections of over 200 different organisations from across Aotearoa — the perfect site to peruse our collective digital taonga. In this presentation, Thomasin Sleigh will introduce a selection of freshly added collections, share some interesting finds, as well as discuss more widely the complexities of metadata, discoverability, and the ways in

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‘Patterns: the printed image and a century of colonial-made furniture’ talk by William Cottrell (13 June 2019, Wellington)

Posted on June 3 2019

Art history of material culture Art Historian Dr William Cottrell specialised in colonial furniture. He says that new research now reveals a formerly unrecognised art history of material culture. Dr Cottrell’s presentation will examine the influence of printed patterns over one hundred years of colonial furniture design. He will discuss the three aspects of pattern production that influenced colonial domestic

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Public History Talk: Stories behind the book — ‘Tatau: A History of Samoan Tattooing’ by Sean Mallon (Wednesday 5 June 2019, Wellington)

Posted on June 1 2019

3000 years of Samoan tatau The Samoan Islands are virtually unique in that tattooing has been continuously practiced with indigenous techniques: the full male tattoo, the pe’a has evolved in subtle ways in its design since the nineteenth century, but remains as elaborate, meaningful, and powerful as it ever was. This cultural history is the first publication to examine 3000

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Vacancy: Heritage Specialist at Tauranga City Libraries (closes Monday 24 June 2019)

Posted on June 1 2019

Tauranga City Libraries are looking for a Heritage Specialist to join the Heritage & Research team on a 12 month fixed term contract. Reporting to the Team Leader: Heritage & Research, this position works with the team to facilitate the preservation and celebration of the city’s history, and its shared history with Tangata Whenua. Key responsibilities include the curation, description,

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Applications open for Winter School in Advanced Oral History course (Wellington, 30-31 August 2019)

Posted on May 28 2019

The Winter School in Advanced Oral History is designed for members of the public and postgraduate students who are thinking about or starting a research project that includes oral history interviews. The course will benefit those with previous oral history or qualitative interview experience who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge of the field, and those interested in recording,

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13 new Dictionary of New Zealand Biography entries

Posted on May 28 2019

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has added 13 new entries to the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. You can read about the latest round of entries in this blog post by the Ministry’s Senior Historian Tim Shoebridge: http://blog.teara.govt.nz/2019/05/22/13-new-dictionary-of-new-zealand-biography-entries/. Links to the 13 new entries are included in the blog.

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LET’S DEAL WITH IT!: A TRANS-TASMAN CAMPAIGN TOWARDS FACILITATING RACIAL EQUITY – conference, 14 June 2019

Posted on May 25 2019

Shakti Community Council is organising a one-day conference in Auckland to emphasise the objectives of two of their campaigns “Lets Deal With It!” and “We Are Different, But We Are One”, in response to the March 15 terror attacks. The conference “Let’s Deal With It! A Trans-Tasman Collaboration Towards Facilitating Racial Equity” will be hosted on 14th June 2019 at

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Dragon Tails 2019 conference: CALL FOR PAPERS – deadline extended to 31 May 2019

Posted on May 25 2019

The call for papers for Dragon Tails 2019 – the 6th Australasian conference on Chinese diaspora history and heritage (20-23 November 2019) – is still open. The Dragon Tails Association is accepting submissions for its biennial conference, which will be hosted by Wai-Te-Ata Press at Victoria Unversity of Wellington. Proposals are due by Friday 31 May 2019. This will be the final deadline.

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Rosemary Seymour Research & Archives Award (applications open from 1 August and close 31 October)

Posted on May 18 2019

In 1974 Rosemary Seymour, a Waikato sociologist, initiated a newsletter and a network of women interested in women’s studies, that evolved into the Women’s Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine. In 1985 the Rosemary Seymour fund was established in her memory. This year the fund will make two awards of $1000 each, one for which only Māori women may apply, while

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Essentials of Oral History workshop: Wellington (25 May 2019)

Posted on May 11 2019

The Alexander Turnbull Library is once again offering their popular introductory oral history workshops in Wellington. These workshops are for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019 Time: 8:45am to 4:30pm Cost: $300 ($200 for Community Services card holders or students not including Gold Card holders) for both days Location:

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Marilyn Waring’s ‘The Political Years’ (talk at National Library, Wellington, 22 May 2019)

Posted on May 11 2019

In 1975 Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the MP for Raglan. Aged just 23 and only the fifteenth woman to enter Parliament, she served through the turbulent years of Muldoon’s government. During her time in Parliament she was chair of the Public Expenditure Committee, before crossing the floor to support nuclear-free legislation which ultimately led

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Crowdsourcing history: the women who signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition (Wellington, 21 May 2019)

Posted on May 11 2019

Who were the 32,000 women who signed the Women’s Suffrage Petition? Over 32,000 women from all walks of life signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. But who were these women? And how could their stories be told? This was the problem facing the team who created the He Tohu exhibition and the NZHistory online suffrage database. Crowdsourced biographies The answer?

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