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Wed 7 Oct 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 14 Oct 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 28 Oct 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 11 Nov 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 25 Nov 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: seonaid2

Family History Lunchtime Series 2015

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from February to November, 12pm - 1pm unless otherwise stated
Where: Central City Library, Whare Wānanga, Level 2
Cost: Free
Booking: To secure your place, please contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771, or complete our online booking form.

Are you interested in researching your family history? Are you looking for a particular relative? Have you reached a dead end with your research?

Come along to one of our fortnightly family history talks to learn about new techniques, resources and types of genealogical research. These talks are given by experts in their field and can provide valuable insight into the story of your family.

Coming up in the Family History Lunchtime Series:

Wed 7 Oct, 12pm
Lost from sight - two of Auckland's missing iconic buildings with Lisa Truttman
Come along and learn the history and demise of two of Auckland's still-missed structures - Partington's Mill at Symonds Street and His Majesty's Theatre in Queen Street. The effects of their demolition on the awareness of Auckland's heritage under threat will also be discussed.

Wed 14 Oct, 12pm
Sarah Mathew: bringing Auckland’s ‘first lady,’ explorer and journalist out of the shadows with Tessa Duder
Sarah Louisa Mathew (1805-1890) was a significant figure in the founding and early years of Auckland – much more than simply Surveyor-General Felton Mathew’s wife.

Sharing his challenge of exploring Northland’s harbours, the Waitemata, and Firth of Thames for a capital site, she wrote memorable accounts of life in 1840s and 1850s Auckland. Although she made no less than three trips around Cape Horn and shared the ups and downs of her husband’s chequered career, she has long been patronised by historians as a ‘prim and proper little lady’.

Through the pages of Sarah’s journals and letters (among the taonga of the Auckland Libraries’ Sir George Grey Special Collections) Tessa Duder will show what an astute observer she really was.

Wed 28 Oct, 12pm
Historypin and your neighbourhood with Andrew Henry
An introduction to the Auckland Libraries Historypin channel, an online tool that enables networks of people to share and explore local history. In this session we will explore some of the tours and collections that we have created and see how to contribute your own.

Wed 11 Nov, 12 pm
Recording family history for people of Indian origin with Smita Biswas
Come along and enjoy a practical workshop on how to collect your family’s oral and written history and record their family tree with Smita Biswas, Team Leader at the West Auckland Research Centre.

Wed 25 Nov, 12pm
Wha's under tha kilt? with Marie Hickey
This talk explores some of the resources available at Auckland Libraries that relate to Scotland. The emphasis will be on material a little different from the usual, to show the breadth of our collections.

To reserve your place, contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771, or complete our online booking form.

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