West Auckland Heritage Conference 2022 Sunday 13th November from 10 am to 4 pm
Picture credits: Photographer Olaf Petersen, Mrs Avis McIntosh practicing over hurdles at Ranui while [her] two-year-old son Clive looks on, c.1964
Did you know a women owned the kauri timber mill in the Waitākere Ranges? That award-winning photographer Olaf Petersen, aka ‘Nature Boy’ who currently has a huge exhibition in the Auckland Museum, was born in Swanson and mainly photographed our West Auckland area? What is the heritage plan for the Titirangi War Memorial Hall? When are writers moving into the Maurice Shadbolt House? And how does local modernist architecture inspire contemporary jewellery? Or why didn’t Auckland get a canal between the Waitematā and Manukau harbours?
You’ll find the answers to all that and more at the West Auckland Heritage Conference, this year on the 13th of November. With four great keynote speakers – Sandra Coney on women in the kauri timber industry, Lisa Truttman on David Bruce Russell the Canal Promotor, Graeme Burgess on the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, and Shaun Higgins on Olaf Petersen. This will be complemented by more than ten equally fascinating short presentations within the theme of the “Trailblazers and Troublemakers of the West” – including Sir Bob Harvey and Naomi McCleary.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board Member, Sandra Coney, says there are many unknown stories that will delight and captivate in equal measure. “West Auckland is a treasure trove of fascinating stories that deserve a wider audience,” she says. This is an event for everyone interested in the stories of our place, for locals and heritage buffs alike.
There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and mix-and-mingle with the presenters and other guests as the ticket includes lunch and nibbles afterwards. All speakers will be presenting in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, with presentations projected on a wide screen for maximum enjoyment.
Tickets are $20 (excl booking fee) including lunch and a full day of presentations. Full refund in case of Covid restriction cancellation.