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Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020

A series of events: Sunday 1 March 2020 to Saturday 31 October 2020

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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‘Islands of despair’

Wednesday 18 March 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Sub-Antarctic voyagers Derek Lightbourne and Shona Riddell will take you on a fascinating journey to the wild sub-Antartic islands recalling the struggles of would-be settlers and shipwrecked castaways.

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Fight for the Forests: The Pivotal Campaigns that Saved New Zealand’s Native Forests

Cancelled

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear Paul Bensemann talk about the ‘Save Manoupori’ campaign. From small beginnings, a much larger movement grew. Bensemann’s book ‘Fight for the forests’ was a finalist in the 2019 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

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A communist in the family: searching for Rewi Alley

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Elspeth Sandys talks about her recent book in which she tells the story of her ‘Uncle Rewi’ Alley’s life and work in the context of his time. This is a multi-layered narrative that is part biography, part travel journal, and part literary commentary.

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Singing the trail: the story of mapping Aotearoa New Zealand

Cancelled

Thursday 13 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

John McCrystal tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand through its maps — and the stories of the explorers who made those maps.

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“Five years and 359 days with the 2nd NZ Division”

Thursday 27 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

In her book ‘Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion’, Elizabeth Kay covers the journey of 2 NZ Division as it fought its way across North Africa and through Italy. Using letters written by her father, Sir Edward Norman, and extensive further research, it tells a personal story in the wider context of WWII.

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Wellington’s first Pākehā arrivals: 1803-1839

Wednesday 2 September 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Just who were the early European visitors and residents who made the region around Whanganui-a-Tara their home well before the arrival of the ‘official’ permanent settlers of Wellington in 1840? Rhys Richards will tell us about some of these early arrivals.

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Knowledge is a blessing on your mind: Wānanga and the Scientific Project

Cancelled

Monday 14 September 2020, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, will deliver the 2020 Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture.