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Heritage Talks


Wed 8 Feb 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 22 Feb 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 8 Mar 2017, 12:00pm–1:30pm
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 5 Apr 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 12 Apr 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm
Wed 19 Apr 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: seonaid2

HeritageTalks 2017 (formerly known as The Family History Lunchtime Series).

Interested in family and local history? The history of this country, as well as the rest of the world?
Then why not come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage.

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from February to November, 12pm - 1pm unless otherwise stated

Booking: All welcome.

To ensure your place, please contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 8902412, or complete our online booking form at the website.

Coming up in HeritageTalks:

Exodus to the Southern Seas with Michelle Patient
Wednesday 8 February, 12pm -1pm

Aotearoa is not only the land of the long white cloud but a land peopled by immigrants. Join us at our first Lunchtime Lecture for 2017 to hear researcher Michelle Patient discuss various waves of migration to New Zealand, particularly from Britain, and touch on the who, what, when, where and why they came.

Recording Family History for People of Chinese Origin with Annie Cui
Wednesday 22 February, 12pm-1pm

Let’s look at ScotlandsPeople with Jan Gow
Wednesday 8 March, 12pm -1:30pm

What is new and what is different and what is, thankfully, still the same... We have a chance to find our family from 1500s through almost to date! Pretty much from womb to tomb!! Find a marriage in the Parish Register or Civil Registration; then look for the babies; then for their marriages; and then for deaths - and wills! (

Selwyn Stories with Christopher Paxton
Wednesday 22 March, 12pm -1pm

Late last year The Church on the Corner: a history of Selwyn Church Mangere East, 1863-2012 was published. Author Christopher Paxton tells the general history of Selwyn Church but also looks at some of the back-stories behind Selwyn, some of the social issues that affected the church during its 150-year history and some interesting sidelights that popped up during his research.

The Devonport Steam Ferry Company and Auckland with David Verran
Wednesday 5 April, 12pm -1pm

The regular service offered to Devonport area residents by the Devonport Steam Ferry Company from 1881 was a vital factor in the growth of the North Shore. Nevertheless for those who wished to remain on the City side the ferry service also offered opportunities, including visiting friends and relations in the Devonport and North Shore area, work at the Chelsea sugar works or the Naval docks and recreational day trips including those to the Takapuna Races, the ‘strawberry and cream’ outlets and into the twentieth century to the ‘Pirate Shippe’ at Milford.

La Basse-Ville 1917: New Zealand Voices from Flanders Fields with Dominique Cooreman
Wednesday 12 April, 12pm -1pm (extra event)

An almost forgotten battle in Belgium in 1917 Belgian retired judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed during 12 years to bring understanding and closure to the families of the more than 1000 killed between mid-June-end August from the New Zealand Division in a small hamlet called La Basse-Ville. Her unique book sheds light on how the war affected all people.

You read that trash: The enduring attraction of the world’s most hated and most loved genre with Joanne Graves
Wednesday 19 April, 12pm -1pm

Romance is one of the most appealing literary genres in the world, and New Zealand boasts some of it’s most popular authors, from paranormal writer Nalini Singh to the late Mills and Boon novelist Essie Summers. Joanne Graves discusses the history of this ever-changing genre and looks at the iconic pop-culture cover art of romance novels over the decades.

To ensure your place, please contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 8902412, or complete our online booking form

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