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Auckland’s Transit Camps 1944-1978

Sunday 27 September 12pm to 1pm Free

Join Lisa Truttman for this Heritage Festival talk as she talks about the stories and the lives at Auckland’s five transit housing camps, at Mt Victoria in Devonport, Western Springs, Victoria Park, the Auckland Domain, and Camp Bunn near Panmure.

Image shows Titoki camp left on Auckland Domain, with Auckland War Memorial Museum to the right. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 7-A16382, Sparrow Industrial Pictures Limited
From out of the housing crisis towards the end of the Second World War, Auckland City’s mayor John Allum came up with the idea of turning former military camps into transit housing, filling the gap between inadequate slum areas and better homes provided by the government schemes, amongst others. The idea took hold nationwide for a time, until the crisis eventually eased. Today, hardly anything remains.

This event will be held in the Whare Wānanga on level 2 of Central City Library and also live-streamed webinar via Zoom.

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Image shows Titoki camp left on Auckland Domain, with Auckland War Memorial Museum to the right. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 7-A16382, Sparrow Industrial Pictures Limited

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