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A Democratic Game: Rugby League In Inter-war New Zealand

A Democratic Game: Rugby League In Inter-war New Zealand

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  • Wed 28 Feb ’18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Whare Wānanga, Central Library, Level 2, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

With Ryan Bodman.

This is part of Auckland Libraries' HeritageTalks programme.

In New Zealand, as elsewhere, rugby league faced sustained hostility from rugby union administrators and their allies. Forced to the margins of society, league developed close associations with numerous marginalised communities, as working-class New Zealanders, Kiingitanga Māori and Irish Catholics embraced the code as an expression of community identity, cultural pride and collective defiance against rugby’s ongoing antagonism.

This talk explores this aspect of league’s social and cultural history in the context of inter-war New Zealand.

Are you interested in family and local history? Or about the history of New Zealand? Then come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks. Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories.

HeritageTalks take place at Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, unless otherwise stated.

Booking is recommended, phone 09 890 2412 or book online: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/HeritageTalksbooking

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