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Wed 4 Nov 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

On the outbreak of war with Germany, civilian males of military age with Germanic-names throughout the British Empire were arrested, questioned, and any considered a threat to security were interned. As the war continued, enemy military combatants were captured and also imprisoned in Britain.

This illustrated presentation by eminent visiting UK genealogist Dr Chapman explains the background to civilian internment and combatant imprisonment for over 500,000 men from Germany and her allies during the First World War and describes the lives and experiences of those German prisoners

An industrial chemist and engineer by profession, Dr Chapman began tracing his family history at the age of seven and over the years has lectured around the world and written some 15 books on British social history and genealogy. He founded or co-founded six of the county-based genealogical societies in Britain, is currently President of three, Patron of another and a Vice-President of the Federation of Family History Societies and of the Society of Genealogists of which he is also Chairman of its Fellows. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, a Freeman of the City of London, and Lord of Pattishall Manor in Northamptonshire.

Booking essential. Please phone 09 307 7771 or email

Held in Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central Library.

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