Heritage Talks go live!

Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero | Central City Library is pleased to announce that our popular Heritage Talks programme will now be available as part of Auckland Libraries’ content on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Heritage Talks are a regular event run by Research Central and focus on topics of interest in the areas of local, family and world history. Talks are presented by a range of researchers and historians whose enthusiasm for their subjects is contagious. And now you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to share in the stories. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and relax!

Each SoundCloud podcast will give a brief introduction to the speaker and topic including a talk teaser before proceeding to the talk itself. If the talk contains a significant amount of visual material then we will endeavour to make these available through YouTube. Available now is Keith Giles’ Crazy Cameramen and Profligate Photographers. As the title implies, this popular talk captures some of the colour of colonial Auckland through the at times turbulent careers of a handful of early photographers. Photographs librarian Giles’ dry humour sheds light on the darker days of the men and women who provided us with vivid imagery of our biggest city in its infancy.

Heading up our SoundCloud offer is Dave Veart with Digging up the Past. Dave is an archaeologist, historian and author who has unearthed everything from the food preservation methods of early Maori, to the secrets of Devonport’s labyrinthine military base. His recollections over a long and varied career researching and experiencing first-hand many of New Zealand’s significant historical sites may well see you inspired to do a little digging of your own.

In Napier the man long serving Auckland librarian David Verran explores the relationship between prominent politician and Auckland Public Library benefactor Sir George Grey and his lawyer. This look at the intersections in the careers of the two men is an interesting historical exercise and steers an assured course in Verran’s capable hands.

Looking at colonial New Zealand from the point of view of immigrants, in this case Chinese, author Helene Wong retraces the steps of early foreign settlers as they sought to make their home in often less than welcoming circumstances. As debates around immigration continue to rage, Wong’s talk is a timely look at the shaping of a country and a city that continues to accommodate a highly diverse population.

Finishing sweet, we have Brian Potter who takes a look at how the Chelsea Sugar Factory has shaped his local community of Birkenhead. Listen in to discover how quiet Duck Creek became a full blown community hub, not to mention a cultural icon.

More talks will be added as they become available. Recordings are subject to speaker’s consent. Stay tuned!

Author: Mark, Research Central