Index Wellington Hutt Valley Porirua Kapiti Wairarapa 2012

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Index of Events
Date Event
Daily Heritage stories from Otari
Daily Free books for all
Week days. Archived heritage film
Sept Exhibitions at our three museums
Suns North Road
Sun 2  to Fri 28 except for  17, 18, 26 Sept and the Jewish Sabbaths(Sats.) Saved from the Holocaust – the Deckston children
Fri 7, 14, 21 & 28 Our Collection - Open Days
Tues 4 Sensation Novels and Colonial Readers
Wed 5 Film Storys of the Past
Sat 8 Wellington’s buried history
Sun 23 Tales of the Sea: Nautical stories of Mt Victoria
Thur 27 Mayoral Launch of our Anniversary Book
Thur 27 Coast, a talk by David Carnegie Young
Thur 27 Maritime Memories of Mount Street Cemetery

Details of Events
Friends of Bolton Street Memorial Park
Wellington’s buried history
Wellington’s early heritage comes to life in the stories of people buried in the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park. Come and hear some of these fascinating tales on a guided one-hour tour.
Saturday 8 September, 2pm. Gold coin donation to support the activities of the Friends of Bolton Street Memorial Park. Meet at the Chapel entrance to the park in Bolton Street, just off The Terrace.
Contact: Kate Fortune,
Friends of Mount Street Cemetery
Maritime memories of Mount Street Cemetery
A number of people buried in Mount Street Cemetery have strong maritime links. Two were victims of shipwrecks, some were officers or crew, and others suffered tragic accidents in the maritime arena. Come and hear their stories in a lively illustrated lecture by maritime historian Ken Scadden. This lecture is a benefit event to raise funds for restoration or the cemetery.
Thursday 27 September, 7.30-9pm. Admission is $10 (including supper) with the proceeds going towards the cemetery restoration. Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, off Hill Street, Thorndon. Parking is available on the tennis court of Sacred Heart School, Guildford Terrace (beside Connolly Hall).
Contact: Ken Scadden, 04 232 6484,
Friends of the Turnbull Library
Coast: a talk by David Carnegie Young
David Young has worked for many years as a journalist and editor, and more recently has freelanced as an environmental historian. Coast (Sea Change Productions, 2011) is his eighth book and his first novel – the latest in a body of work exploring landscape, loss and memory.
Thursday 27 September, 5.30-7pm, free public lecture. Turnbull House, Bowen Street, no disabled access, no parking.
1st Floor, National Library Building, Molesworth Street. Disabled access good.
Contact: Rachel Underwood, 04 475 9304, (

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Saved from the Holocaust – the Deckston children
An exhibition of the lives of 20 Polish Jewish children (mainly orphans) saved by Annie and Max Deckston and brought to Wellington in the 1930s where the Deckstons established an orphanage in Berhampore and brought up the children. Another exhibition, ‘The New Zealand Story of the Holocaust’, looks at the lives of survivors who came here to settle.
Sunday 2 September to Friday 28 September, 10am-1pm or by appointment. No charge, koha appreciated. Not open on Jewish holidays: 17, 18, 26 September or the Jewish Sabbath (Saturdays).
80 Webb St, Te Aro. Disabled access. Street parking one hour.
Contact: Duty Volunteer, 04 801 9480, (

Karori Historical Society
Sensation novels and colonial readers
Lydia Wevers, Director of the Stout Research Centre, will talk about reading in the nineteenth century in relation to her book Reading on the Farm.
Tuesday 4 September, 7.45pm. St Ninian’s Hall, Newcombe Crescent, Karori.
Contact: Judith Burch, (
Mount Victoria Historical Society
Tales of the sea: nautical stories of Mount Victoria
After a brief AGM, there will be a presentation of nautical-themed stories related to Mount Victoria’s history. Not just local stories, these will shed light on aspects of wider Wellington history.
Sunday 23 September, 2.30pm. Gold coin donation for non-members. New Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street.
Contact: Judy, or Sue, 04 384 8208
Museums Wellington
Exhibitions at our three museums
Museums Wellington consists of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Cable Car Museum and Colonial Cottage Museum. Each contains exhibitions and stories of Wellington. Come along for a special treat and hear from local storytellers. Visit for details.
Throughout September.
Contact: Jaqui Knowles, 04 496 1944,
New Zealand Film Archive
Archived heritage film
The Film Archive’s Medialibrary is the place to view thousands of items from the Archive’s viewing collection. Many of the items will be of special interest to anyone with a passion for heritage generally and heritage in the Wellington region more particularly. Staff are on hand to assist with questions about your research and to help you negotiate your way through the collection catalogue.
Open weekdays, noon-5pm. Medialibrary at the Film Archive, corner Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington.
Contact: 04 384 7647 (
Onslow Historical Society
North Road
Revisiting the map of the road from Johnsonville to Paekakariki drawn by Thomas Henry Fitzgerald in 1849. The exhibition includes a 6m x 2m map and a video travelling the same route today.
Sundays, 1-4pm. Onslow Historical Centre, 86 Khandallah Road, Khandallah. Entry by donation.
Contact: Murray Pillar, 04 473 3622
Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust
Heritage stories From Otari
A display of heritage stories of people, events and plants from Otari-Wilton Bush. This native botanic garden and bush reserve is over 100 years in the making and is a Garden of National Significance.
Open daily, 9am-4pm. Open Day and plant sale Friday 14 September. There are car parks at three entrances to Otari. The main entrance is at 160 Wilton Road. Walk from the car park through the waharoa, or gateway, carved by Bryce Manu of Te Atiawa. There you will find a map-board to view before walking on to the Information Centre. Within the reserve, only foot traffic, wheel chairs and prams are allowed. Dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Contact: Margaret Crimp, 04 475 3263, ( or
Time Cinema
Film stories of the past
A film programme, including stories of people and events of the past.
Wednesday 5 September, 7.30pm, $8 per person. 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay. Limited disabled access, street parking.
Contact: John and Margaret Bell, 04 934 8463 or 027 449 9345 (
Wellington City Libraries
Free books for all
|A display covering the history and origins of Wellington City Libraries.
Daily during library hours. Second floor, Wellington Central Public Library, 65 Victoria Street.
Contact: Gabor Toth,
Wellington Historical and Early Settlers' Association
Mayoral launch of our anniversary book
We celebrate our 100 years with a book launch of the story of our association by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
Thursday 27 September, 5pm, by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please call Vonnie or Judy of WH&ES. 
Wellington City Council Chambers, Wellington Town Hall.
Contact: Vonnie Nunns, 04 938 9811 or Judy Kirby, 04 478 5386

Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society
Open Days
The Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society will hold an Open Day each Friday in September, featuring accounts by and photographs of inhabitants of the Southern Bays: Houghton Bay, Island Bay and Owhiro Bay. Visitors are invited to browse, to chat, to share their ideas about the material on display, and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Fridays 7, 14, 21, 28 September, 10am-2pm, free admission. Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay. Limited parking at the Community Centre and more available on The Parade. One disabled park is available and there is wheelchair access to the display room.
Contact: Marion Findlay, 04 383 8745, (