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Auckland Heritage Festival: History of Mount Eden: Book Talk


Tue 22 Oct 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Epsom Library, 195 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Mt Eden Rotary

An Auckland Heritage Festival 2019 event
"The History of Mount Eden - the district and its people"
Book Talk and Signing

Join editor Helen Laurenson as she discusses the history of Mount Eden, from Maori occupation of Maungawhau to contemporary developments. The richly illustrated book covers topics including the early history, local body politics, business, sport, art, public transport and the area's social life, including intriguing stories of some notable Mount Edenites.

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Light refreshments provided. Gold coin koha appreciated, with proceeds going to Rotary literacy programmes.

"The History of Mount Eden" will be available for purchase ($60).

A few copies of "The History of Epsom" (now out of print) will also be available for purchase ($60).

Please contact Frances Loo at Mt Eden Rotary if you wish to reserve a copy of either of these books for purchase and signing at the event.

Contact: or 021-635027 or 09-6232319

EFTPOS facility available.

Please avoid parking on Manukau Rd as it is a clearway until after 7pm. Please use the library carpark or a side street.

Speaker Bio
Helen Laurenson, editor of "The History of Mount Eden - the district and its people", grew up in this suburb of Auckland, her grandfather Minchin Rudd being one of the many names mentioned in E.C. Franklin's 1956 jubilee record of the borough's history. She married a fellow "Mt Edenite" Eric Laurenson, and they have three children.

Returning to the University of Auckland after 42 years, much of that time spent as a librarian, she completed a BA degree in English and History and, in 1999, she researched and wrote "In this Familiar Place: The Mt Eden Village Methodist Church Centenary 1899-1999". In 2000, with friend Valerie Sherwood,she inaugurated the Epsom and Eden District Historical Society, the publisher of "The History of Mount Eden" book and its earlier companion volume, "The History of Epsom".

Helen was awarded an MA with first-class honours in history in 2004, her thesis forming the basis for the book "Going Up, Going Down: The Rise and Fall of the Department Store", published by the Auckland University Press in 2006. She completed a PhD in 2010 with the thesis "Myths and the City: A Social and Cultural History of Auckland 1890-1990".

Book cover art: "Cucksey's corner today" by George Baloghy

This book talk and signing event is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival 2019 programme.

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