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Letters and The Landscape of Our Lives: The Pioneering Women


Wed 27 Sep 2017, 12:10pm–1:00pm

Where: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Joan McCracken

Who were Rose Anne Hall, Agnes Emma Hall, and Sarah Hall? Rose may be remembered as the wife of colonial premier, Sir John Hall who famously rolled the women’s suffrage petition down the aisle of parliament on August 11th 1893, but the others are probably known only to their descendants. During 2008 a package of dozens of letters and other documents was discovered in England and sent to the great granddaughter of Rose and John, Kate Foster at Hororata, Canterbury.

The letters, written in New Zealand during the 1860s and 70s, are the basis for a book Letters to Grace: writing Home from colonial New Zealand, co-edited by Kate Foster and Jean Garner and published in 2011 by Canterbury University Press.

Through discussion and readings Kate will demonstrate how these letters provide valuable details about the lives of women in colonial New Zealand. After the talk those who wish can stay and talk to Kate about the process of getting the letters published.

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