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Family History Lunchtime Series Sep-Dec

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  • Wed 21 Sep ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 28 Sep ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 5 Oct ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 19 Oct ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 2 Nov ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 16 Nov ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Wed 30 Nov ’16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Family History Lunchtime Series 2016.

- The Battle of the Somme 1916 with Christopher Paxton - 21 September:
The Somme Offensive was a pivotal event laying the basis for Allied victory in the First World War. But the necessity for the battles, their significance and effect have been debated ever since the offensive was abandoned in November 1916.

Come and hear the ‘futility’ argument re-examined, and the Somme’s long New Zealand shadow considered.

- The Soldiers' Corner: Waikumete Cemetery's general military section since 1918 with Lisa Truttman, 28 September:
The first municipal soldiers' cemetery in New Zealand, after the area set aside for the deaths from Featherston Camp two years earlier, Waikumete has the second-largest number of military burials after Karori Cemetery in Wellington.

As with the rest of the cemetery, there are stories behind not only the simple layout we see today in the lives of those who find their final rest today on the clay slopes at West Auckland. A brief history of how the Soldiers' Corner came to be, and just a few of the tales behind the headstones.

- How to date a photograph with Bruce Ringer - 5 October:
The techniques of speed dating don’t necessarily work when establishing a relationship with a photograph. In a digital age, images can easily become divorced from their physical context. Identifying and dating them sometimes requires close attention and painstaking research.

In this talk Bruce Ringer, author, local historian and team leader of the South Auckland Research Centre, provides examples from the Auckland Libraries’ Footprints database of how to describe photographs using the tiniest clues offered by their content. This talk should be of interest to family historians, local historians, librarians, and anyone who’s just interested in historical detective work.

- Read all about it: scandal, scaremongering and society over the years with Joanne Graves - 19 October: (Rescheduled from 13 July)
For over a century, NZ Truth was the salacious rag that exposed corruption, ranked scandals through its pages and is credited with the beginnings of investigative journalism in this country.

From its beginning in 1905, to its role as a media giant and its demise in 2013, Joanne Graves of the Central Research Centre looks at the scandals and the heartbreaks that made it onto the pages of the Truth, and its impact on New Zealand’s social history.

- It's your grass verge! What are you going to do about it? with Jan Gow QSM FSG - 2 November:
Can you see the huge pile of stuff on your grass verge aka your computer? You need to be organised before you start looking for the riches amongst the rubbish. You need to be organised to make the best use of your time. And your money!

Jan will show you how to create your research plan so you can be organised and make the most of your time.

- Making Sense of the Census with Seonaid Lewis - 16 November:
Auckland Libraries’ family history librarian, Seonaid Lewis, will demonstrate how the UK census can enhance your family history research, as well as highlight the pitfalls that lie in wait to trip you up.

- Roots in the land: Scottish land records with Marie Hickey - 30 November:
The land is special to Scots, whether they own it or work on it. This talk looks at records relating to ownership and tenure of the land. Until recently a feudal system existed in Scotland with regard to land which means that it is not just the wealthy that are mentioned in land records.

Different types of records and their availability at Auckland Libraries will be explored to help with research.

All welcome. Booking recommended.
To reserve your place, contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on (09) 307 7771, or complete our online booking form.

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