While lockdown for many feels like a prison, for some, like local historian Lisa Truttman who managed to knock out two books during the first lockdown this year, it’s an opportunity to get stuff done.
Lisa, who describes herself as a “professional self-employed heritage researcher and occasional author of books”, is also known for her prolific blog and Facebook page, Timespanner.
She has published, she says, “eight or so books” since 2007. A quick search of Lisa J Truttman on the Auckland Libraries’ website results in a long list of titles including books, essays, and heritage studies. Lisa’s latest two books, published on 1st September, are available now, while another on Maungawhau Mt Eden is due out early next year.
A place to stay awhile: Auckland’s transit camps, 1944-78 (100 pages, $30) finishes a project she began eight years ago, looking into the story of transit housing camps set up at the end of World War II to tackle the housing crisis back then.
Auckland City’s mayor John Allum came up with the idea of turning former military camps into transit housing, filling the gap between inadequate slum areas and better homes provided by the government schemes, amongst others. The idea took hold nationwide for a time, until the crisis eventually eased. Today, hardly anything remains.
A Place to Stay Awhile details the stories and the lives at Auckland’s five transit housing camps, at Mt Victoria in Devonport, Western Springs, Victoria Park, the Auckland Domain, and Camp Bunn near Panmure, as well as transit camps in other areas of New Zealand.
The Maunga at Mount Albert (80 pages, $25) is on the stories on and around the maunga known as Ōwairaka and other names.
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