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Sun 5 Jul 2015, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • MTG Hawke's Bay: $2.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Public lecture: Women in World War One. Professor Kay Morris Matthews will be discussing her research into women in World War One, with a focus on women from the East Coast and Hawke's Bay.

Kay will talk about her ongoing research for regional museum exhibitions (2014-2018) which has a combined focus of World War One, the 64 Hawke's Bay and East Coast women who undertook overseas service in World War One and their lives before and after the war. These are women who served in Egypt, France, Salonika and England, including several who later received New Zealand's highest military awards. Questions that will be addressed include: Did any of the women from our region identify as Maori? Did any of the women from our region die overseas? Were there women who wanted to serve overseas but were prevented from doing so officially but went ahead and did so anyway? (N.B. The answer to all three questions is 'Yes', so come and along and find out more)

Professor Kay Morris Matthews was raised in Hawke's Bay and during her career held academic positions at the University of Waikato, The University of Auckland and at Victoria University of Wellington, where she was Professor of Education. Kay returned home to Hawke's Bay in 2007. Widely published in the areas of women and higher education and Maori girls' education, Her books include: In Their Own Right: Women and Higher Education in New Zealand before 1945 (2008); Who Cared? Childhoods within Hawke's Bay Children's Homes and Orphanages 1892-1988 (2013) and the forthcoming First to See the Light: EIT and 40 years of higher education on the East Coast (2015). Kay is Research Professor, Education and Social Sciences, at the Eastern Institute of Technology.

Gold coin entry includes admission to MTG Hawke's Bay

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