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HeritageTalks 2017 

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays from February to November, 12pm - 1pm unless otherwise stated.
Where: Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, Lorne St, Auckland with some marked exceptions
Cost: Free

Booking: Not always essential but to secure your place, please contact the Central Auckland Research Centre on 09 307 7771, or complete our online booking form.

  •  Are you interested in family and local history?
  • The history of this country, as well as the rest of the world?

Then why not come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage.

These talks are given by experts in their field and can provide valuable insight into our histories.

Download the 2017 HeritageTalks brochure

Coming up in HeritageTalks:

August - Family history month

Various events are on at library venues around the Auckland region 1-31 August– check with your local library.


To Walk Under Palm Trees - The Germans in Samoa
with author Anthony Brunt

Wednesday 9 August, 12pm -1pm

Auckland researcher and writer Tony Brunt presents his book of impressive photos that tell the stories of German-Samoan families in nineteenth and twentieth century Samoa.
The book is a result of five years’ work and contains rare photos sourced from private family collections dating back to the nineteenth century.

Auckland Family History Expo
11-13 August 2017
Come and see us at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland. More details here.


Treasures Stored in the Internet Archive
with Michelle Patient
Wednesday 16 August, 12pm -1pm (extra event for Family History Month)
Genealogist Michelle Patient takes us on a tour of this online archive, showing us various hidden treasures, as well as its history and purpose. This is a valuable research tool for both historians and genealogists alike.

Britain's Forgotten Bodysnatchers
with Suzie Lennox

Wednesday 23 August, 12pm -1pm
During the winters of 1742 -1832, Britain's graveyards were a hive of activity as cadavers were exhumed and transported to Anatomy schools for dissection —  with no questions asked about their origins.  Hear the stories of the students, anatomists  and bodysnatchers, as we discover the cases that have become hidden in history. 


Auckland Heritage Festival

 30 September to 15 October 2017


Behind the layers of the GeoMaps
with Adrian Rose and Stu Smith

Wednesday 6 September, 12pm -1pm
Do you know what the GeoMaps viewer is? Come along and learn about the historical imagery and the Cultural Heritage layers. Adrian and Stu from Geospatial team, Auckland Council, will show you how the layers in the GeoMaps can help you with your house or local history research. 

Touching Death with Seonaid Lewis

Wednesday 20 September, 12pm -1pm
Genealogists rather irreverently and ghoulishly talk about “killing off their ancestors”, but death is an important part of our research, just as in everyday life. As researchers, we can find out much about our ancestors from sources other than just death certificates. Auckland Libraries’ family history librarian, Seonaid Lewis, takes you through the different types of resources that can be used, and where they can be found when “killing off your ancestor”.


Dalmations out West
with Raewynn Robertson
(Auckland Heritage Festival)

Wednesday 4 October, 12pm -1pm
Dalmatian immigrants settled in West Auckland in the early twentieth century,
with the first orchard being established in 1903 by Ivan and Katherine Vella.
With soil ideal for fruit and grape growing, more Dalmatians settlers bought land in and around Oratia, Henderson and New Lynn to set up family businesses with their orchards and vineyards.
Hear Raewynn Robertson talk about this vibrant and hard-working West Auckland community.

Wai Horotiu, Queen Street's Hidden Stream
with Lisa Truttman
(Auckland Heritage Festival)
Wednesday 11 October, 12pm - 1pm
From a place where children fished playfully with broken pins, to the notoriety of being "Ligar's Canal", to finally being channelled, bricked and covered underground and out of sight, local historian Lisa Truttman tells the story of Wai Horotiu, part of the foundation of Auckland, and its disappearance from our landscape.

History of picture shows in Auckland
with Carolyn Skelton
Wednesday 18 October, 12pm - 1pm
In 1896 the first screen projection of moving images was shown in Auckland, and we’ve been entertained by movies ever since.  Join Carolyn Skelton as she delves into the history of the pictures in Auckland, from the St James and the Civic in the city, to the suburban and rural shows that have fascinated Aucklanders over the years.



My Story with Jan Gow

Wednesday 1 November, 12pm - 1pm
One day you will be the elderly, deceased relative - so why not make a start on your story now? Jan Gow takes a look at what you might already have for your story, from slides, newspaper cuttings, diaries and photographs, to what you could find from the electoral rolls and newspapers. She will show you how to work slowly and effectively to capture what you have  (and what you could have) in order to leave something special for your family.


Māori Memorials with Bruce Ringer
Wednesday 15 November, 12pm -1pm
New Zealand’s civic war memorials for both world wars have mostly been well documented, but not so the memorials and rolls of honour unique to our Māori communities, on marae, in churches and in meeting houses. Writer, research librarian and indefatigable memorial hunter Bruce Ringer takes you on a tour of some of these ‘missing’ memorials, with a particular emphasis on the East Coast.


An absolute beginners’ guide to
Scottish family history with Marie Hickey

Wednesday 29 November, 12pm -1pm
This presentation will look at the variety of records used for starting your family research in Scotland — some of which will be quite different to those used for other countries.  It will look at what is included on birth, death and marriage certificates, extra information included on a census, wills (Scotland has three processes), some land records, surnames – it may not be what you think! — and maps.


This ends our programme for 2017 - we begin again in February 2018.

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