Showing posts from March, 2014

Commemorating: History and Anniversaries

Here is the programme for a one-day conference to be held at Massey University, Palmerston North campus, on 16 May 2014.

Programme Time Topics Speakers9.15 - 9.30 amWelcome korero and housekeepingKerry Taylor 9.30 - 10.45 amAnniversaries and commemorations:
concepts and contextsJock Phillips, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Rituals of Remembrance: How people commemorated past events throws light on why they remembered and what they chose to remember
Margaret Tennant, Independent scholar
Foundation stories and debateable dates: organisations and origins
Chair: Bronwyn Dalley10.45 - 11.00 amBreak11.00 - 12.30 pmWar anniversaries Damien Fenton, Massey University
'The Battle for Australia Day: a triumph of myth over history'
Vince O’Malley, HistoryWorks
‘Remembering (and forgetting) the Waikato War’
Puawai Cairns, Te Papa (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi)
‘The cultural memory of conflict with a focus on the Gallipoli Campaign’
Chair: Ewan Morris12.30 - 2.00 pmLunchAnn…

Borderland Exhibition Events at the National Library

Events associated with the Borderland Exhibition

Ōrākau, from a tāngata whenua perspective.  Monday 24 March. 12.15pm - 1.00pm
Ōrākau, as told by Ngāti-Maniapoto Kuia Rovina Maniapoto, gathered from the manuscripts written by her elders and related in their kōrero of the past.
The venue for this free lunchtime talk is the Tiakiwai Conference Centre, lower ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington. 
There is an entrance from Aitken Street, or, down the marble staircase from the Ground Floor foyer.

Ōrākau Paewai and other NZ war sites.Tuesday 25 March. 12.15pm - 1.00pm
Te Kenehi Teira speaks about the registration of the Ōrākau Paewai wāhi tapu area, and what was involved to get the site of this famous battle analysed and researched. He will also talk about the wider context of the work that the New Zealand Historic Places Trust is undertaking, in relation to sites from the New Zealand Wars.
The venue for this free lunch time event is …

The Women's Suffrage Petition of 1893

It is International Women's Day today. So what better time to discover that one of your own ancestors was a suffragette? Searching the database of the 1893 suffrage petition on the NZ History website, I came across Fanny M. Hannan of Seaward Bush, near Invercargill. Fanny is my great-grandmother. She was one of more than 25,000 signatories to the petition, which, when stitched together, was more than 270 metres in length.

After a long struggle, the suffragettes finally achieved their goal, when on 19 September 1893 a new Electoral Act was signed into law, making New Zealand the first country in the world where women gained the right to vote.

As for Fanny, she lived long enough to see the First Labour Government come to power in 1935, passing away in 1941, as New Zealand fought the Second World War. And it seems Fanny was not the only member of her family to sign the petition in 1893. Fanny's maiden name was Lawrence, and the signature immediately beneath hers is that of Mary L…

The Historiography of Orakau

Date: 26 March, 2014Time: 12.15pm – 1.00pmCost: FreeLocation: Douglas Lilburn Room, level 1, National Library building, corner Molesworth and Aitken StreetsContact Details: Space is limited, so email to save a spot. Historian Vincent O’Malley speaks about Ōrākau, and how it has been remembered (or forgotten) historically. He will discuss historical coverage of the 50th and 100th year commemorations in 1914 and 1964.
Part of Borderland: The World of James Cowan, on at the Turnbull Gallery
"Ake! Ake! Ake!" Rewi defying the British troops at Orakau, 1893. Ref: C-033-004.

Stout Research Centre Wellington Seminar Series 2014

26 March                Kevin Lavery - Chief Executive, Wellington City Council
My Vision for Wellington
Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre 119
2 April                     Marc Wilson - School of Psychology, Victoria University
“City of flower-pots, canyon streets and trams, O sterile whore of a thousand bureaucrats!”  (James K. Baxter, Wellington, 1953, p.77)

9 April                     David O’Donnell - Theatre Programme, Victoria University
End of the Golden Weather?  A Short Performance from a Dramatic City

16 April                   Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich - School of Social & Cultural Studies, Victoria University
                                   (title to come)

7 May                       Russel Norman - Co-Leader Green Party
Economic Opportunities for Wellington

14 May                    Morrie Love - Chairman, Wellington Tenths Trust
Treaty Settlements – are they worth it?  A case study of the Taranaki Whanui Settlement in Wellington.
21 May                    Deborah Jones - School …