Auckland Libraries: D.B. Russell 1862

The many faces of D.B. Russell 1862-1940

Wednesday 21 August 12pm to 1pm Free

D.B. Russell convinced people he could do virtually anything. Lisa will discuss how she researched his life via archives held in New Zealand, Australia, America and Mexico.

Light opera singer, entrepreneur, impresario, supposed construction engineer, agricultural expert, resident agent and manager: D.B. Russell convinced people he could do virtually anything – then left behind little record of his activities. Lisa Truttman will discuss how she researched his life via archives held in New Zealand, Australia, America and Mexico. 

D.B. Russell enjoyed a career on stage in the Far East and travelled through the Pacific during a time of British and New Zealand imperial activity in the area. Lisa discovered shady deals in the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America, a grand Auckland canal project which never materialised, and his experience of the 1911 Mexican revolution.

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Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond? Then why not come along to one of our HeritageTalks - Waha pū-taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage? Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories. HeritageTalks take place at least fortnightly, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended although not essential. 



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