Peter Burke will talk about his book ‘True to Ireland’ which concerns a group of Irishmen who came to New Zealand in the 1930s in the hope of making a new life. When WWII broke out they faced the prospect of being conscripted into the armed forces and wearing a ‘British’ uniform which was a complete anathema to them.
Following his talk, at approximately 1.20pm, Peter will take a guided walking tour of some of the places of significance to the ‘sons of Eire’. There is no need to book. Just meet in the foyer of the National Library.
About the speaker
Peter Burke is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, radio, print and public relations since 1963. His father was born in Moycullen Co Galway and his mother in the coal mining town of Denniston on the West Coast.
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
Time: Talk — 12:10pm to 1:00pm. Walk — 1:20pm to 2:00pm
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
Further information about this event can be found here: https://natlib.govt.nz/events/true-to-ireland-march-14-2019