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Friends of the Turnbull Library Public Programme — 2019

A series of events: Tuesday 12 March 2019 to Wednesday 23 October 2019

The Friends of the Turnbull Library supports the work of the Alexander Turnbull Library, and promotes public interest in the Library’s collections. The Friends of the Turnbull Library

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Life as a novel: a biography of Maurice Shadbolt

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Philip Temple will be discussing his new biography, 'Life as a Novel: a biography of Maurice Shadbolt', recently published by David Ling.

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Alexander Turnbull — a sporting life

Tuesday 9 April 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join Gavin Pascoe, founder of the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust, as he explores an aspect of the life of the founder of the Alexander Turnbull Library that is less well known than his book collecting

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William Turnbull: Architect

Thursday 16 May 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Adrian Humphris, Wellington City Archivist, will talk about William Turnbull (1868-1941) architect of the house built for Alexander Turnbull in Bowen Street, Wellington.

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Patterns: the printed image and a century of colonial-made furniture

Thursday 13 June 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Art historian Dr William Cottrell examines the influence of printed patterns on the over 100 years of colonial furniture design.

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Pacific histories

Friday 28 June 2019, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, a prizewinning scholar and Associate Professor of Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, speak at the annual Founder lecture, marking the date that the Turnbull Library opened to the public in 1920.

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'The Green of Spring'

Tuesday 23 July 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Dunedin novelist Paddy Richardson’s recent novel 'Through the Lonesome Dark'(Upstart Press, 2017), is set in World War I. Come and hear Paddy talk about her book and how she is going to continue work on a planned sequel during her residency at Randell Cottage.

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Eyes write: Poetry and New Zealand art

Thursday 8 August 2019, 12:15pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Shortlisted in this year’s Ockham Book Awards for her book of poetry, 'The Facts', Therese Lloyd is researching an unusual anthology project. She is interested in New Zealand poetry that is inspired by New Zealand works of art — a genre known as ‘ekphrastic poetry’. This lunchtime talk will demonstrate a unique relationship between poets and visual artists in this country.

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Captain Cook at the Turnbull: New perspectives, original evidence

Thursday 22 August 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

It’s a truism of Pacific studies that a wider variety of perspectives on Cook’s voyages find expression today than in previous decades of scholarship. Oliver Stead examines original Cook memorabilia in the Alexander Turnbull Library collections in the context of changing perspectives on Cook and his legacy.

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T. Angus White and the Māori prisoners of war on the Marion

Wednesday 11 September 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Who was Titus Angus White? And who was the man photographed with him in Auckland in about 1864? Come & hear Barbara Francis talk about her research and what she has found out about this interesting man and the times in which he lived.

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James Cook and the art of exploration

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Graeme Lay, historian and author of six books relating to the life of Capt James Cook, will talk about the artworks that resulted from Cook’s voyages, paintings and drawings of artists such as Sydney Parkinson, Tupaia, William Hodges and John Webber.

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Finders keepers: the making of a collection

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Dame Fiona Kidman literary star and much-loved author of award-winning novels has been using Turnbull resources for nearly fifty years. Now her collection has been accepted into the Turnbull. Fiona will talk about some of the material she has accumulated.

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Revolutions per minute: The counterculture in New Zealand 1960-1975

Tuesday 12 November 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Do you remember the 1960s and 1970s? Nick Bollinger is a Wellington freelance writer and researcher working on a book chronicling the development of the counterculture in New Zealand. His book will trace the roots of countercultural ideas, showing how these were disseminated in this country, how they intersected and diverged.

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Women mean business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Dr Catherine Bishop is a Sydney-based historian with a particular focus on women. She has a postdoctoral fellowship at Macquarie University (2019-2021) for her project ‘A History of Australian Businesswomen Since 1880’, funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.