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.





9.15 - 9.30 amWelcome korero and housekeepingKerry Taylor
9.30 - 10.45 amAnniversaries and commemorations:
concepts and contexts
Jock 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 Dalley
10.45 - 11.00 amBreak
11.00 - 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 Morris
12.30 - 2.00 pmLunchAnniversary films – arranged by Marguerite Hill, PHANZA
2.00 - 3.30 pmAnniversary productsMichael Belgrave, Massey University
‘Whose birthday is it?’: locating the historian in the anniversary history
Bronwyn Labrum, Massey University
‘Celebrating the female past: from women's exhibitions to the exhibition of women’
Amy Hobbs and Te Kenehi Teira, Historic Places Trust: ‘Nga Pae Maumahara’This concept of commemoration is centred around the New Zealand calendar of events and how communities mark events to achieve other outcomes. Maori communities often run to various kaupapa and calendars; the New Zealand Wars commemorations are featured here.
Chair: Fiona McKergow
3.30 - 3.45 pmBreak
3.45 - 5.00 pmMaking commemorative activities Peter Clayworth and Marie Russell, Labour History Project, Joan McCracken, Alexander Turnbull Library
‘Commemorating civil conflict: the centenary of the 1913 Great Strike’
Chair: Kerry Taylor
5.00 - 5.30 pmDrink and cheese
5.30 - 6.30 pmCommemorative storiesJack Perkins, Radio New Zealand
‘Commemorating by sound and spoken word – the radio experience’
Chair and wrap: Margaret Tennant

Visit the website for details as to registration.


  1. It is indeed important event to remember. I had been on the conference once and right now I'm conducting a small conference about marketing. Venue Finder is really helpful because it saves me a lot of time finding the right place.


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