William Frederick Howlett BA: journalist, alpinist, naturalist, teacher
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, 21 August, 2018
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Come and hear Dr Ian St George talk about William Howlett, and the unusual story of a man who described himself as an 'unrestrainable dreamer of dreams', at this Friends of the Turnbull Library event.
William Howlett — articulate, straight talking, intelligent and cynical
William Howlett arrived in New Zealand in 1875 to begin a peripatetic life as schoolteacher, storekeeper, satirist, alpinist, politician, naturalist and thorn in the side of authority — an articulate, straight talking, intelligent, cynical man generally regarded as a bit odd.
But the Pahiatua Star saluted his achievments: 'There is not another man in the Forty-mile Bush that has done as much as he to bring this district into prominence, by his outspoken and intelligent letters … on the land and other questions.'
About the speaker
Dr Ian St George is a medical practitioner and amateur historian who presents the life of William Howlett, and the unusual story of a man who described himself as an 'unrestrainable dreamer of dreams'.