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Heritage Day


Thu 3 Dec 2015, 5:30pm–6:00pm

Where: Te Hapua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: CCLLibrarian

Imelda Bargas will talk about her experience researching and writing the book New Zealand’s First World War Heritage with Tim Shoebridge. Published in April 2015 New Zealand’s First World War Heritage tackles the First World War from a new angle: the places in New Zealand where it happened. No battles were fought here, but our landscape is signposted with thousands of poignant memorials and behind the facades of old buildings, beneath scrub and behind farm fences lies a less visible landscape of war and hundreds of stories waiting to be told: a soldier’s name carved on a remote railway station, a once bustling uniform factory in the heart of a city, a long abandoned gun battery.

Imelda and Tim searched the country from Northland to Stewart Island and rediscovered a huge number of places with wartime associations: army camps, fortifications, soldier-settler farms, convalescent homes and hospitals, cemeteries and war memorials, dairy factories and woollen mills. In this talk Imelda will explain how she and Tim came to work on the book and some of the challenges they faced putting it together. She’ll also explore the themes covered in the book, using some of their favourite stories and sites.

Imelda Bargas is a Senior Historian in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Research and Publishing Group. Imelda previously worked as a registration adviser for the then New Zealand Historic Places Trust. She has written extensively for NZHistory, which she helps manage.

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