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Reading the Maps: Tracing Family History Through Cartography

Reading the Maps: Tracing Family History Through Cartography

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When:

  • Tue 21 Jun ’16, 12:10pm – 1:00pm

Where:

National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

From recording place names to their aesthetic appeal, maps are a powerful record of our history and our encounters within Aotearoa New Zealand. However we can also glean mountains of family history from maps. Where did your ancestor live? What was the size and scope of their section What was the town or landscape like at the time? And how do you find that treasured map in our collections?

In this talk Jared Davidson, Archives New Zealand, and Mark Bagnall, Alexander Turnbull Library, will highlight some of the best maps for family history held in the two institutions, and demonstrates practical search techniques to find them.

Following the presentation there will be a Conservation Clinic (1pm in the same venue - Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor). Get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items from Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

Bookings essential: Email - preservation@dia.govt.nz

Image: Plan of subdivision of part of Gracefield estate, surveyed by Thomas Ward. (Wellington: J.H. Bethune & Co., 1917). Alexander Turnbull Library.

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