Henry Suter: The poverty, despair and discoveries of a colonial naturalist
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
- Date: Tuesday, 24 July, 2018
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Free. No booking required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Come and hear Dr Pamela Hyde talk about her recently published biography of her great-grandfather, naturalist Henry Suter, at this Friends of the Turnbull Library event.
Hear an intriguing story of determination
Henry Suter’s letters and diaries tell an intriguing story of his determination to make a life and living as a naturalist and become New
Zealand’s foremost expert on molluscs. Between 1913 and 1915 his two volume, 1,120 page Manual of the New Zealand mollusca was published, with an atlas of plates.
Dr Pamela Hyde recently published biography of Henry Suter(1840-1918), her great-grandfather. Her research took her to
Switzerland and Germany to uncover Suter’s early life.
Trading in ancestral remains a part of the story
In writing the book Hyde discovered that Henry Suter had traded in Māori ancestral remains and this led her to participate in a ceremony to
repatriate some of these kōiwi tangata at Te Papa in 2017.
About the speaker
Dr Pamela Hyde has a PhD in medical sociology from Victoria University of Wellington