Auckland Libraries: Auckland History Initiative students

Auckland History Initiative students

Wednesday 17 March 12pm to 1pm Free

The Auckland History Initiative (AHI), a research collaboration at the University of Auckland, presents two research projects from the 2021 Summer Scholars exploring aspects of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s history.

Black and white image from 1920s of the University of Auckland
WT Wilson. The University, Auckland NZ Tourist Series 2370. 1920s. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 35-R80.
Helena Wiseman’s project examines the experiences of Dalmatian immigrants who moved into Auckland’s central suburbs after the wars. Inspired to investigate the story of her own family, the research has revealed that the relationship between Dalmatians and Auckland is symbiotic and full of tension, politics, and the search for home. 

Laura Prahash is examining the history of international students in Auckland over three time periods: the first international students who came in the 1950s as part of the Colombo Plan, the Malaysian students in the 1970s who faced several discriminatory policy changes, and the influx of Chinese students in the early 2000s. She uses the experiences of international students to explore foreign aid and immigration policies, as well as how the media impacts and influences the relationship between these students and the wider Auckland community. These students have spent 12 weeks over the summer break researching in the varied and rich archives around Auckland under the supervision of Professor Linda Bryder and Dr Jessica Parr. The AHI views Summer Research Scholarships as an integral way to engage students in Auckland history and to strengthen relationships with the Auckland GLAMR (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records) sector. 

Speakers' biographies 

Helena Wiseman is a 4th-year student studying History and Law at the University of Auckland. She cannot remember the time before she loved history and has studied it throughout her education. Helena would like to thank her supervisors, Dr Jessica Parr and Professor Linda Bryder, for their support and insight, and the University of Auckland Special Collections and Auckland Central Libraries librarians. She would also like to give special thanks to the archivists at the Dalmatian Genealogical and Historical Society Archives. Their wealth of knowledge and support have been invaluable to this project. 

Laura Prahash is currently in her final year of a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in History, Chemistry, and Physics. Her interest in immigration and the lived experience of (ethnic) minorities in New Zealand has led her to centre her research project on an often overlooked yet significant group of people in Auckland: international students. Laura would like to acknowledge her supervisors, Dr Jessica Parr and Professor Linda Bryder; Katherine Pawley and the rest of her colleagues in the University of Auckland Special Collections; Renée Orr and the Research Central team; and her fellow AHI scholar Helena Wiseman - their knowledge, support, and assistance has been invaluable, and this project would not have come together if it wasn’t for their input.

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This event will be held in the Whare Wānanga on Level 2 of Central City Library and online via Zoom. Email arc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book (booking essential) or register in advance to join the online webinar via Zoom

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Black and white image from 1920s of the University of Auckland
WT Wilson. The University, Auckland NZ Tourist Series 2370. 1920s. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 35-R80.

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