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High Talks: Lord Freyberg and Ellen Melville

High Talks: Lord Freyberg and Ellen Melville

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  • Wed 28 Sep ’16, 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Chancery Square, Chancery St, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

This lunchtime talk explores the history of the High Street District and pays tribute to Lord Freyberg, New Zealand's most decorated soldier and Eliza Ellen Melville, the first female city councillor in New Zealand.

The Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place in the High St District are both named to honour the achievements of these important historical figures and local historian, barrister and solicitor, Simon Reeves will lead this conversation that pays tribute to these iconic people and their place in the central city.

David McGregor O.B.E. will be speaking on Lord Freyberg and his vital place in New Zealand's military history. David has had a hugely successful and illustrious career in law as well as attaining the rank of Brigadier in the Royal New Zealand Army. David and his wife take tour groups with his company Brigadier Tours, to the sites of New Zealand military campaigns in Greece, Italy, Crete and the Western Desert, and he is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Army Museum at Waiouru.

Sandra Coney QSO is chair of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, a former chair of the Parks and Heritage Forum and Heritage Advisory Panel of Auckland Council, and currently the chair of the Council’s WW1 Political Steering Group. She is a researcher and writer of women’s history and local history.

Sandra first researched Ellen Melville when she came across her when writing the history of the Auckland YWCA. She included Ellen in her book “Standing in the Sunshine”, written on the centenary of women’s suffrage and also wrote the essay on Ellen for the “Dictionary of New Zealand Biography”. She was a founder of the feminist magazine Broadsheet and one of its editors for 14 years.

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