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Unexpected Connections - Colenso and His Contemporaries


Sat 4 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 6 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 7 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 8 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 9 Mar 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: rubyrw6

Like many Victorians, William Colenso (1811-1899) was a man of many interests: printer, missionary, linguist, educationalist, author, politician, letter-writer, botanist, lexicographer, explorer. Such polymaths, both male and female, lived rich, interconnected, transnational lives and populate the pockets and corners of our 19th-century re-imaginings.

This exhibition takes a fresh look at the world of William Colenso and his contemporaries by re-situating objects and visitors inside a Victorian cabinet of curiosities. Chance encounters and unexpected connections suggest new ways of understanding the complexities of the people, places and things that constitute the Victorian ‘republic of letters’.

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