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Ata: The Stolen Island Book Launch


Thu 24 Nov 2016, 6:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

One day in 1863 a strange ship stopped at 'Ata, a tiny island in the wild seas between Tonga and New Zealand, and sailed away with one hundred and forty-four men, women, and children. The 'Atans were never heard from again, and in Tonga their fate became the subject of legends and superstitions. When Scott Hamilton became obsessed with the tragedy of 'Ata he began a journey through the research libraries of Australasia and the kava circles and caves of Tonga. Hamilton encountered pirates, slavers, castaways, and treasure hunters, and discovered a shocking and long-repressed part of New Zealand's past.

Scott Hamilton has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Auckland and has published books and essays about British socialism, Tongan art, kava drinking, and New Zealand history. He won the inaugural Auckland Mayoral Literary Grant in 2015 for his study of the city's Great South Road and wrote The Stolen Island with the help of a D'Arcy Literary Residency.

He contributes regularly to the online arts journal Eyecontact and blogs at:

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