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Free Public Lecture: Niue Island involvement in World War I

Free Public Lecture: Niue Island involvement in World War I

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  • Wed 6 Aug ’14, 12:15pm


ASB House, 101 The Terrace, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission



Please join us at 12.15pm on Wednesday 6 August for a public history talk by Margaret Pointer: "I am the island of Niue, a small child that stands up to help the Kingdom of King George - Niue Island involvement in World War I"

Annexed to New Zealand in 1901, Niue stood up in 1914 and offered troops and money for the war effort. In this talk, historian Margaret Pointer will discuss why 150 Niueans were accepted for service in the Maori Contingent, their experiences in Auckland, Egypt, France and England and what life was like for the men returning home. Margaret will explore the long term legacy of this voyage to war and back - the longest journey ever undertaken by Niueans. She will also discuss some of the research challenges encountered while writing about this small Pacific Island.

A former teacher of history, Margaret became involved, while living on Niue, in a project to uncover the largely lost story of Niue’s involvement in the Great War. The result was a book and an ongoing interest in Niuean history. Now working as an independent researcher, Margaret is in the final stages of a 200-year contact history of Niue, to be published by Otago University Press in May 2015.

Time and place: 12.15pm on Wednesday 6 August at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, L4, ASB House, 101 The Terrace. Contact lyn.belt@mch.govt.nz for more information about our regular public history talks.

To listen again to MCH History Group talks go to: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/handsonhistory/downloads-and-podcasts.

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