HeritageTalks: Researching Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland History Initiative Summer Scholars session 2


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, L2

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Wednesday 1 March 2023




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Noel Brotherston. Portrait of Elizabeth McRae, foyer photograph at Mercury Opening. 1968. From: Elizabeth McRae papers, Folder: 1.17 Theatre. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections.

The Auckland History Initiative (AHI), a research collaboration at the University of Auckland, presents research projects from the 2023 Summer Scholars exploring aspects of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's history.

Speakers and topics:

  • Hannah Everett

Piha has captivated the hearts of all that have witnessed its spectacle and power. It is, however, a rather difficult place to access. The construction of, and later improvements to, the Piha Road demonstrates how the access problem was addressed and reflects the increasing influence of tourism in the area.

  • Anna McCardle

The women of Auckland’s theatre witnessed first-hand key evolutions in this creative space. The central focus of my project is an exploration of the rich careers and lives of Auckland actresses who were active in the 1960s-80s. My research primarily draws on Jean Hyland's Acting Women In Auckland Oral History Project, where I focus on several rich interviews that Hyland recorded in 2005-2006.

  • Sasha Finer

Treatment and placement of the mentally ill and deviant quickly became significant social and cultural concerns in colonial-era New Zealand. My project examines the process of constructing the Auckland Lunatic Asylum and grounds in the late 19th century, looking at how the physical spaces in which patients were kept served as a manifestation of sociocultural ideas about deviants and lunatics.

  • Caitlin Kilpatrick

The 1920s, 1930s and 1940s saw drastic changes in women's fashion. My project explores fashion in Auckland and how the department stores of the city centre shaped fashion trends and were shaped by fashion trends.

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