Thursday, 28 March 2013

Christchurch's Temple of Truth: Religion, Sex and Fraud in the 1890s

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Seminar:

Please join us on Wednesday 3 April, 12.15pm (just after Easter) at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, L4 ASB House, 101 The Terrace, to hear
Professor Geoff Rice on:

Christchurch's Temple of Truth:
Religion, Sex and Fraud in the 1890s.
Christchurch in the 1890s was visited by the extraordinary phenomenon of a much-married American evangelist, Arthur Bently Worthington, who proceeded to set up a new cult of revivalist Christianity. He gathered a large and enthusiastic following, whose liberal donations enabled him to build an impressive ‘Temple of Truth’ on Latimer Square. However, opposition from the established churches and rumours of sexual scandals, together with a controversial change of ‘wives’, made him flee to Tasmania. Amazingly, he returned and tried to make a comeback, but only caused public disorder and the only time the Riot Act has been read in Christchurch. This illustrated talk is a preview of one chapter from Professor Geoff Rice’s next book, Christchurch Crimes and Scandals, 1875-1900 due to be published in 2013.

Book cover of Christchurch Crimes (2012)

Professor Rice retired from the History Department at the University of Canterbury in 2012. His previous publications include Black November: the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand and illustrated histories of Christchurch and Lyttelton. His whimsical tribute to a numerous group of heritage losses in the Christchurch earthquakes, All Fall Down: Christchurch’s Lost Chimneys, appeared in 2011 and last year his Christchurch Crimes : Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town, 1850-1875 was published by Canterbury University Press.

Venue: L4, ASB House, 101 The Terrace, Wellington at 12.15pm.
Everyone is welcome - talks are for approximately one hour.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Maori Monument or Pakeha Propaganda?

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Seminar:

We're delighted to invite you to hear Ewan Morris at our first public history seminar in 2013 at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, L4 ASB House, 101 The Terrace, Wellington at 12.15pm on Wednesday 6 March.

Māori Monument or Pākehā Propaganda?
The Memorial to Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, Whanganui
Statue in memory of Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui, also known as Major Kemp, at Wanganui, 1912. Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Reference Number: 1/1-021036-G

In 1912 a memorial to the rangatira and soldier Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (Major Kemp) was erected in Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens, Whanganui. It consists of a statue, four bronze panels depicting battles in which Te Keepa was involved, and eight separate panels of text.
The memorial was the subject of a series of court cases in 1913-14, resulting from the unwillingness of Te Keepa’s sister to pay for a statue that she felt did not properly represent her brother. It survived the 1995 occupation of Pākaitore unscathed (unlike the statue of John Ballance), despite the fact that it appears to commemorate Te Keepa as a loyal servant of the Crown. Unusually text-heavy, the memorial seems to invite reading in a quite literal sense. But how should we read and understand this memorial? Is it a Pākehā memorial, a Māori memorial, or a mixture of both?

Ewan Morris has worked on Australian, Irish and New Zealand history. He is the author of Our Own Devices: National Symbols and Political Conflict in Twentieth-Century Ireland (2005), and a co-author of The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History (2nd edition, 2008). He is researching debates about memorials and other symbols in Aotearoa New Zealand and what they can tell us about relations between Māori and non-Māori since 1970. The memorials at Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens are among the case studies he is examining in this research.
Everyone is welcome - talks are for approximately one hour.

New Zealand Historical Association Conference 2013

The biennial New Zealand Historical Association conference is being held in Dunedin from Wednesday 20 November until Friday 22 November. The conference organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming a large and energetic group of historians, archivists and librarians, teachers, curators, and heritage professionals as well as the historically curious.
We have an excellent line-up of keynote speakers: Professor Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill University), author of Blood Ground: Colonialism, Missions and the Contest for Christianity in the Cape Colony and Britain, 1799-1853; Professor Maya Jasanoff (Harvard University), the author of Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 and Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World; and Professor Henry Yu (University of British Columbia), author of Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact and Exoticism in Modern America. Associate Professor Damon Salesa (University of Auckland), whose Racial Crossings won the 2012 Ernest Scott Prize, will be the Beaglehole Memorial Lecturer for 2013. Professor Atholl Anderson, noted archaeologist and expert on the history of Ngāi Tahu Whānui, will deliver the Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikaheke Memorial Lecture.

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