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Thu 20 Aug 2015, 12:10pm–1:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


The People You Meet
An illustrated free public talk by Peter Ireland, Dylan Owen and Sascha Nolden
Thursday 20 August: 12.10pm – 1.00pm
National Library of New Zealand corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets

Researchers stumble across people in the letters, diaries, photographs and voice recordings. Some of these stand out as people you would like to spend time with. They grab you.

In this talk, three National Library staff members talk about the some of the acquaintances they have made in the course of their research on World War One. They include an inventor, largely unknown in New Zealand, who contributed significantly to the British war effort during the First World War, and an unusual East Coast labourer and how he got there. There are also two soldiers. One, William Clachan, left his home in Ohiro Road, eventually joining the King’s African Rifles in Nyasaland. The second, Frank Felix Reid, between April 1915 and October 1918 wrote 90 letters home to his family in Wellington, which provide a vivid account of the daily realities of military service through the eyes of a Wellingtonian reporting to his family in Wellington.

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