Piringatahi | Special Collections Up Close: Auckland's Volcanoes


Central City Library | Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland City Centre

Special Collections Reading Room
Level 2, Central City Library

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Monday 22 August 2022



Booking recommended.

38148_Piringatahi | Special Collections Up Close: Auckland's volcanoes
Image credit: Unknown photographer. View of Takapuna Beach, 1998. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, T6177.

Maurice Gee’s creepy, exciting children’s book Under the Mountain is set on the shores of Lake Pupuke and features shape-shifting aliens hiding under Rangitoto and Maungawhau.

All three locations are part of Auckland’s volcanic field, first mapped in 1859 by the German geologist Ferdinand Hochstetter.

In this session we’ll look at Maurice Gee’s book, Hochstetter’s famous map and other books and photos about volcanoes from the Heritage Collections. 

This event is part of Auckland Council Libraries' We Read Auckland | Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau.

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