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Wednesday 24 August

“She signed the suffrage petition”

In 1893 nearly 32,000 signatures were obtained on a petition calling for New Zealand woman to have the vote. The women’s suffrage petition is one of the iconic documents in the guardianship of Archives NZ that will make up a new permanent exhibition at the National Library of NZ alongside the 1835 Declaration of Independence / He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga and the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

To give context and interpretation to the documents there will be an accompanying exhibition. This will include information about the suffrage petition and the women who signed it.  The objective is to have a biography of at least one woman from each of the 567 pages of the petition.

If you would like to contribute to the project to write short biographies (100 to 200 words) of these women, join

Stef Lash, Archives NZ, and some of those who have already written biographies, to find out what is involved and learn about the resources that have proved most useful.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:15 to 1:00pm. 
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

FHM 2016 ATL Suffrage

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Tuesday 23 August

Introductory tour of family history resources

Come to the National Library for a tour to introduce you to the many family history resources held in the collections. Margaret Hurst, Research Librarian Family History, and Librarian Fiona Gray, will be your guides.

Venue: Meet on Level 1, National Library of NZ

Time: 10:00 to 11:00am.
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

No charge.

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Tuesday 16 August

Worth sharing; telling inspirational family stories

For our Family History Monthly Talk journalist and writer

Gerard Hindmarsh will explain how he has gone about researching and sharing his own family stories. Gerard has spent many years as both a print and radio journalist/story teller for such diverse media as Radio New Zealand, Radio Live, Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Listener, as well as being the author of five books published by Potton and Burton. His book Angelina: From Stromboli to D’Urville Island, is a fictionalised account of his grandparents’ lives.

Gerard’s talk has been arranged with the kind support of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:10 to 1:00pm.  
Entry: No charge.

FHM 2016 ATL Angelina


Followed by:

Tuesday 16 August

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items from Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 1:00pm to 1:30pm. Bookings essential. Contact preservation@dia.govt.nz

Entry: No charge.

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Local Wellington Branches & Interest Groups

Invite everyone to help us celebrate Family History Month throughout August 2012

Family History is Cool…Pass it on


  3 Aug:  Archives New Zealand; 10 Mulgrave Street, Wellington.   Max 20                                                                  
10 Aug:  Wellington city Library; Family History area, 2nd floor 65 Victoria Street, Wellington.   Max 24
17 Aug:  BNZ Archives; BNZ, Level 1, Harbour Quays, 60 Waterloo Quay.(opp Railway Station) Max 20
24 Aug:  WCC Archives; 2 Barker Street, Wellington(off Cambridge Tce, first street south of Basin Reserve) Max 20                                                                                                                      31 Aug:  Petone Library Heritage Centre, Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone  Max 20

Register for tours at the NZSG Family Search desk at the National Library’s Reading Room, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington or  Ph: 474 3048  email: nzsg@dia.govt.nz   All Tours 11am – 12noon


SATURDAY SPEAKERS:  11 August 2012                                                                                                                                                  

Speakers will explore different aspects of family history research

  • Don Hansen (winner of the NZSG’s Lucy Marshall Award) will talk about New Zealand’s census records in Forgotten but not gone
  • Brad Patterson of Victoria University on Knowing your English ancestors in NZ
  • Gavin McLean, Senior Historian with the Ministry for Culture & Heritage and author of many books, on The Local Context – the local history your ancestors helped make….

Venue: Connolly Hall –cnr Hill St & Guildford Tce (beside the Catholic Basilica), Wellington

1pm – 5pm         Entry; $10.00 (includes afternoon tea)

At, Porirua on Saturday 25 August 2012. Come and get help with your family history research.                                                      
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists is hosting a research day for anyone with an interest in family history.

You will be able to consult experienced genealogists about resources you can use to find people from various parts of the world.

·         Ireland

·         Scotland

·         Greater London

·         England counties

·         Australia

·         New Zealand and Māori

Experienced staff from Wellington City Libraries, Archives New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library will also be there to help.

Venue: Helen Smith Community Meeting Room, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua

10am – 4pm        Entry: $5.00

 YURU 2012 Live Show

Kapiti Genealogy presents its 2012 production of WHY YOU ARE YOU.

Virtues from the past with Dame Kate Harcourt, actor and broadcaster, who shares a journey through time with stories of her ancestors, her family and her life.

Tuesday 21 August. 4pm and 7.30pm. Venue: Southwards, Otaihanga, Paraparaumu (cafeteria open)

Monday 27 August. 7.30pm.  Venue: Circa Theatre, Taranaki Street, Wellington (cash bar open)

Details of advance ticket purchase ($15) at http://KapitiGen.org or kapiti@genealogy.org.nz

Limited seats available so book early to avoid disappointment…


On Saturday 1 September 2012 volunteers from the New Zealand Society of Genealogists will join staff of the Alexander Turnbull Library to introduce genealogists to the Library’s newly re-opened research services.

Additional help and tours will be available between 1pm and 4pm.

For further information contact

Joan McCracken T: 474 3056 

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