Papers Past Turns 21: Panel Discussion


Central City Library , 44 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, L2

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Friday 30 September 2022

Light refreshments served from 12pm, discussion panel begins 12.30pm




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Papers Past Turns 21: Panel Discussion
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Sgt C Instone of Invercargill, reading a Weekly News beside his 25pdr, photographed in Korea 20 August 1951 by an army photographer.

2022 marks the 21st anniversary of the initial release of Papers Past.

It is regarded as a go-to site for researchers, genealogists, students, and all with an interest in our history. The range of uses and impact the website has had on research in New Zealand is vast.

Join us in person or online for this event for a panel discussion with speakers from a variety of careers and backgrounds, who each has a unique perspective to share on using Papers Past.

Light refreshments will be served from 12pm and the discussion panel will begin at 12.30pm.

This event is one of three discussion panels to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Papers Past.

About the speakers

Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) was appointed as Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2011. He is the author of three books (A Fire in Your Belly, Huia 2003; Makereti: taking Māori to the World, Random House NZ 2007; and Savaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand, Fraser Books 2018), and has also worked as an oral historian and broadcaster. In 2017 Paul was awarded Creative New Zealand's Berlin Writer's Residency to complete a book about Charles Mackay, a mayor of Whanganui who was killed in the 1929 May Day riots in Berlin. Downfall: the destruction of Charles Mackay will be published in November by Massey University Press, and made extensive use of Papers Past.

Caroline Daley is a Professor of New Zealand History and is the University of Auckland’s Dean of Graduate Studies. Her historical work focuses on gender relations and the history of the body in twentieth-century New Zealand. Her sole-authored, prize-winning books include Girls & Women, Men & Boys: Gender in Taradale 1886–1930, and Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900–1960, and her co-authored books include Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives and The Gendered Kiwi. Caroline and the research postgraduate students she supervises have been avid users of Papers Past since its inception.

Seonaid (Shona) Harvey (RLIANZA BA IL Dip RIM) has been senior research librarian, family history specialist, for more than 12 years, and is based at Research Central, Central Auckland Library. She looks after the international family history collection, helps customers with the research which includes Book a Librarian appointments, provides training for staff and customers, and organises events like the Auckland Libraries HeritageTalks and the Auckland Family History Expo. She has spoken at various libraries around New Zealand, as well as for the NZ Society of Genealogists, Australasian Federation of Family History Organisation, and Unlock the Past conferences.

Carmen Parahi is Pou Tiāki Editor at She began her journalism career in 2001. Since then she's reported for a range of community and regional papers, online, and on television in Aotearoa New Zealand.

David Reeves Director of Collections & Research at the Auckland Museum leads the team of curators, collection managers, conservators, librarians, and other specialists who contribute their expertise across the wide range of disciplines and subjects represented in the Auckland Museum collections. David joined the Auckland Museum in January 2011 after a time at the Alexander Turnbull Library as Associate Chief Librarian, Research Access. David's career also includes roles at the Auckland Art Gallery and at Te Papa where he managed logistics, storage, and documentation of collections. He holds a Bachelor of Building Science from Victoria University of Wellington and Diplomas in Professional Photography and Museum Studies.





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