HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
Society’s next General Meeting will be held on
4 September 2012
St Ninian’s Hall, Newcombe Crescent, Karori
and friends welcome
September is Heritage Month and, in keeping with the theme of 'Our Heritage -
Our stories' we invited Lydia Wevers, to speak to us. The title of
her talk is 'Sensation
Novels and Colonial Readers' - about reading in the nineteenth
century in relation to her book Reading on the Farm.
Wevers is Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand. She is a
distinguished post graduate researcher and writer with a long list of
published work on New Zealand and Australian literature; several of her
books have focused on early New Zealand travel writing and writers.
Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council is organising a Short Story
Competition. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction based on a real person, an
historic event, building or place. There are 3 categories: primary school,
secondary school, and senior open and prizes will be awarded. Further details
are at www.wellingtonheritagepromotions.org.nz
committee members elected are:
– Judith Burch
– Jan Heynes
– Henry Brittain
– Valerie Carter
– James Graham
– Peter Anderson, Elizabeth Bradford, Jeni Bryant, Jo Elworthy, Mike Foster,
John Harper, Margery Renwick
talk - Transits of Venus
Harper, a committee member, then spoke about the transits of Venus. This was
particularly appropriate as a transit took place the day after the
meeting. His talk emphasised matters of historical interest rather than
astronomical technicalities and was a very interesting account of what and when
they occur, why expeditions were sent to observe them, why historians,
including Tim Beaglehole of Karori, were interested in them, and what was
seen in various parts of the world. Cook was sent out to observe the transit of
Venus in Tahiti in 1769, after that, he sailed on and explored New Zealand
editor, Jo Elworthy has a number of articles suitable for the next edition, but
is anxious for members to contribute their own stories. Jo can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and its People
news - the reprint has arrived. Booksellers have been advised and orders are
coming in. If you know anyone who would like to purchase a copy please contact
Valerie Carter - email@example.com – or buy one at the next
meeting for $50.
of Karori Streets 1841-1991
committee has agreed that Judith Burch will revise and update this Karori
classic. Steele Roberts will be the publishers in association with the society.
The first task is to contact WCC to check how many additional streets, have been
developed since the book was originally published. If anyone is interested in
being involved in this project please contact Judith phone 476 4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
reminder notice is included for those members who have not paid their
subscriptions for the 2012-13 year.
Wellington Historical& Early Settlers’ Association
Association’s Centenary book: 100 Years, The story of the Wellington Historical&
Early Settlers’ Association 1912-2912 written by Judy Siers will be
launched on Thursday 27 September in the Wellington City Council Chambers
commencing at 5 pm. Anyone interested in purchasing the book at a
pre-publication price of $43 plus $8 postage, should contact WHESA, 25A Elliott
Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037. And members wishing to attend the launch
should ring Vonnie 838 9811 or Judy 478 5386.
Remembrance Service is being held for Nancy Wake at Old St Paul’s, Mulgrave
Street, Thorndon on Thursday 30 August 2012 at 12.15 pm. Members
are invited to attend.
under the Historical Places Act 1993
society has been advised that St Patrick’s Church (Catholic (Former), Makara
and War Memorial, Makara are registered as Category 2 historic places.
Memories of Mount Street (Cemetery)