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Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme: Vignettes from Wellington’s secret history, 11 June 2024

Posted on May 29 2024

Tuesday 11 June 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street or on Zoom. In this talk Richard Hill and Steven Loveridge discuss their experiences of researching the elusive and murky history of security intelligence. Their recent book ‘Secret History’ is the first of a two-volume series on state surveillance in

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Auckland Library Heritage Trust John Stacpoole Scholarships 2024

Posted on May 27 2024

The Auckland Library Heritage Trust is a charitable trust that supports Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council to preserve, care for, add to, and promote Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections for the benefit of the people of Auckland. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections is one of New Zealand’s key research destinations. It was originally established when Sir George Grey, a 19th-century Governor of

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Connecting to the collections: Carrying Aotearoa’s queer memories, 18 June 2024

Posted on May 22 2024

Tuesday 18 June 2024, 12pm to 1pmOnline Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa volunteer Reuben Love will discuss how public programming and taonga can engage with and strengthen our queer communities in Aotearoa. Kawe Mahara — To carry our queer memories  Kawe Mahara Queer Archives Aotearoa (formerly known as the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takatāpui o

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Call for Papers: New Historians Postgraduate Conference 2024

Posted on May 22 2024

Who’s Afraid of History? Call for Papers New Historians Postgraduate Conference 2024 Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka 29 – 30 August 2024 New Historians is an annual conference hosted by postgraduate students in the History Programme at Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka. Papers are invited relating to all areas of historical inquiry, from all

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Tributes to Ben Schrader

Posted on May 20 2024

Many PHANZA members are grieving the loss of founding member Ben Schrader, who died at home surrounded by his family on 19 April 2024. Ben was farewelled with much love and gratitude at a service held at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery on Wellington’s waterfront the following week. A tribute to Ben will be included in the forthcoming issue of Phanzine. In the meantime,

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Volume 30, Issue 1 (April 2024)

Posted on May 20 2024

In this special April 2024 issue of Phanzine PHANZA responds to the History Homecoming Webinar Series, organised by Professor Katie Pickles as a contribution to the University of Canterbury’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2023. PHANZA members Mere Whaanga, David Green, Hilary Stace, Malcolm McKinnon, Niki Francis, Philippa Werry, Michael Kelly, Janine Irvine, Phoebe H Li, Emma-Jean Kelly, Rachael Egerton, Sarah Gallagher, Alida

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Book Launch: Ian Grant’s ‘Pressing On: The Story of New Zealand’s Newspapers, 1921-2000’, 30 May 2024

Posted on May 19 2024

Fraser Books in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library have much pleasure in inviting PHANZA members to the launch of Pressing On: The Story of New Zealand’s Newspapers, 1921-2000 by Ian F. Grant on Thursday 30 May 2024, 5.30-7.00pmThe book will be lauched by Sir Hugh Rennie KCGround floor, National Library, Molesworth Street, WellingtonLight refreshments will be servedBook sales: cash

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Public History Talk: The financial colonisation of Aotearoa, Catherine Comyn, 28 May 2024

Posted on May 16 2024

Tuesday 28 May 2024, 12:10pm to 1pmTaiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street or on Zoom. In this talk, Catherine Comyn reframes the financial colonisation of Aoteaora — a history of the joint stock company, a speculative London property market that romanticised the distant lands of indigenous peoples, and the calculated use of credit

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Re-reading Works on Poverty Seminar: ‘Tony Simpson and The Sugarbag Years (1974)’, Anna Green, 22 May 2024

Posted on May 16 2024

Re-reading Works on Poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand In collaboration with the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Adam Art Gallery, this series takes a fresh look at some major Aotearoa cultural works on poverty. Across six weeks historians, curators, researchers, writers, and performers ‘re-read’ books, plays, novels, songs, and academic analyses from across the 20th century

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Public Lecture: Ian Frazer ‘Rain God: The highs and lows of Australia’s first celebrity meteorologist’, 27 June 2024

Posted on May 16 2024

Where: Birkenhead Public Library Community Room When: 27 June 2024 from 5.30-7.00pm Join Ian Frazer has he discusses his new book ‘Rain God: The highs and lows of Australia’s first celebrity meteorologist’ about the life and times of Clement Wragge (1852-1922) who created the Waiata Tropical Botanical Gardens in Birkenhead from 1911-1922.

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Closure of Archives New Zealand digitisation programme

Posted on May 11 2024

Closure of Archives New Zealand digitisation programme The Chief Archivist has announced that Archives New Zealand will be closing its digitisation programme and on-demand digitisation service on 30 June 2024:  https://www.archives.govt.nz/about-us/whats-new/closure-of-te-maeatanga-digitisation-programme-and-on-demand-service https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/516474/archives-nz-says-it-has-enough-space-for-now. This announcement comes on top of another recent decision, not to proceed with the planned archival storage facility near Levin: https://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-news/350250791/121m-already-spent-government-storage-facility-project-levin-axed. It also follows reductions in opening hours at

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Re-reading Works on Poverty Seminar: ‘Dare to Struggle, Dare to Sing’: Protesting Poverty through Song, Cybèle Locke, 15 May 2024

Posted on May 10 2024

Re-reading Works on Poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand In collaboration with the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Adam Art Gallery, this series takes a fresh look at some major Aotearoa cultural works on poverty. Across six weeks historians, curators, researchers, writers, and performers ‘re-read’ books, plays, novels, songs, and academic analyses from across the 20th century

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Book Launch – Old Black Cloud: A cultural history of mental depression in Aotearoa New Zealand by Jacqueline Leckie, 12 June 2024

Posted on May 10 2024

Massey University Press is hosting a book launch for Old Black Cloud: A cultural history of mental depression in Aotearoa New Zealand, by Jacqueline Leckie. Wednesday 12 June 2024, 6.00pmUnity Books Wellington57 Willis Street, Wellington CentralIf any PHANZA members wish to attend please RSVP here. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Symposium:  Making, Spending, Saving: Women and Money in Australasia, 18–19 July 2024

Posted on May 8 2024

Free in-person (Macquarie University City Campus) and online symposium  18–19 July 2024 Banking, capital, credit, investing and earning – how have women accessed and controlled money in Australasia in the last 200 years? This symposium includes a wide range of papers from historians and business academics, including on women and Superannuation, Chinese businesswomen, Aboriginal property owners, and the ways women have

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Aotearoa Gender History Network Seminar, 12 June 2024

Posted on May 8 2024

The next Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar will take place on Wednesday Rāapa 12 June, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom Register here Speakers: Meg Melvin, Beginner’s guide on how to produce an Oral History Podcast Randolph Hollingsworth, An Exploration of the Political Ideologies of Annie Jane Allen Schnackenberg (1835-1905) of New Zealand Meg Melvin is a visual storyteller & content

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National Library Exhibition about Mining Town Life

Posted on May 6 2024

‘Cast in light: life in a mining town’ is an exhibition currently showing at the National Library in Molesworth Street Wellington until 6 July. It is a snapshot of life in the remote gold-mining town of Waiuta, near Reefton, in the early 1930s taken by miner and photographer Joseph Divis. Those who are outside Wellington can view a selection of

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