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Sat 16 May 2015, 3:30pm–5:00pm

Where: Te Awamutu RSA, 381 Alexandra St, Te Awamutu, Waipa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • gold coin door entrance: $1.00

The University of Waikato and Te Awamutu & District Memorial RSA invite you to 'Sons of Empire,' a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1. Each weekly presentation delivers a unique New Zealand perspective of the First World War: the voices of our soldiers, from the battles and the trenches to their legacy of literature; the diaries, the images and the poetry that remain. This entire series will be held at the Te Awamutu & District Memorial RSA. Light refreshments are provided at the conclusion of each event. NB: This presentation is the final in this series.

Lecture 3: 'Inside the Shakespeare Hut- The Kiwis and the Bard in WWI.'

Presenter: Dr Mark Houlahan

Overview: The memory of Gallipoli casts a long shadow over our perspective of WWI. Yet if we focus exclusively on grim reports from the front, we settle for an uncomplicated picture of this war. For throughout 1916, New Zealanders round the globe embraced the 300th anniversary commemorations of Shakespeare’s death. In January 1916, British forces abandoned the Dardanelles after the catastrophic Gallipoli campaign. At home in New Zealand, space was found amidst the battle news to celebrate Shakespeare’s anniversary.

About the Presenter: Dr Mark Houlahan is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Waikato and current President of the Australian and NZ Shakespeare Association (ANZSA). He has published widely on issues of Shakespeare, adaptation and cultural formation.

Bookings: If you wish to attend any of the presentations in this series please RSVP by emailing: or phone: (07) 5775376, or 0272867454.

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