What became of the Samuel Joseph family?
Well-known Wellington writer and researcher Simon Nathan will talk about Amelia and Walter Nathan and their family, the inspiration for the large and boisterous Samuel Joseph family who feature in two of Katherine Mansfield’s best known short stories, Prelude and At the Bay.
Real people not just characters in a story
The large and boisterous Samuel Joseph family feature in two of Katherine Mansfield’s best known short stories, Prelude and At the Bay. Katherine Mansfield made little attempt at disguise — they are the children of Amelia and Walter Nathan, who lived next door to the Beauchamps in Tinakori Road when Katherine Mansfield was a small girl.
As well as their neighbour, Walter Nathan who the business partner of Katherine Mansfield’s father, Sir Harold Beauchamp. Simon Nathan has uncovered a fascinating story, tracing the relationship between the two families and revealing the rather different lives of the children.
Friends of the Turnbull Library
The Friends of the Turnbull Library, Nga Hoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull, offers a monthly programme of public talks that are free to all. The public programme highlights the work of researchers who draw on Turnbull material for their projects.
Link to join this talk
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About the speaker
Simon Nathan is a geologist, science historian and biographer of Wellington. He is the author of a number of books including James Hector: explorer, scientist, leader (2015), Through the eyes of a miner : the photography of Joseph Divis (2016) and most Flying high: the photography of Lloyd Homer (2019). Simon Nathan is also a grandson of Walter and Amelia Nathan.
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