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Cambridge History Talk Series in partnership with U3A
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Cambridge Museum and Historical Society partners with  U3A to provide three lectures a year focussing on the history of Cambridge and the Waikato region.

Meetings are free for Friends of the Museum and are held at the Te Awa Lifecare Woolshed, 1866 Cambridge Road, Cambridge, from 10am for 10.30 until 12.00 noon on the fourth Friday of each month.

 

Upcoming events

  • April 2024 – TBC
  • 23 August, 2024 – Richard von Sturmer, author of Walking with Rocks – Dreaming with Rivers – My Year in the Waikato
  • 25 October, 2024 – Warren Gumbley, Archaeologist

 

FURTHER DETAILS:

 

Friday August 23rd, 2024
Richard von Sturmer, Walking with Rocks – Dreaming with Rivers – My Year in the Waikato

Richard von SturmerRichard von Sturmer is a New Zealand writer. He was born on Auckland’s North Shore in 1957. His recent books are the acclaimed memoir, This Explains Everything (Atuanui Press, 2016), Postcard Stories (Titus Books, 2019), Resonating Distances (Titus Books, 2022) and the recently published Walking with Rocks, Dreaming with Rivers: My Year in the Waikato (Titus Books, 2023). He is well-known for writing the lyrics of ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand,’ which has become the country’s alternate national anthem.

In 2020 he was the University of Waikato’s writer in residence. During his residency he explored the Waikato region, writing on its towns and geographic features. The result is now a book, Walking with Rocks, Dreaming with Rivers: My Year in the Waikato.

‘This beautiful object, this dream set down on paper, is travel writing regained, and put to rights. The first person invested in it is the reader. You are about to go on a journey. You are in good hands: great travel writing picks you up and swings you along like luggage.’ – Steve Braunias

‘An extraordinary meditation on settings across the Waikato – museums where he’s the only visitor, lifestyle blocks where “you can feel history evaporating,” lakes where the only images reflected are clouds.’ – Tracey Slaughter

Friday October 25th, 2024
Warren Gumbley, The Waikato Horticultural Complex: Adaptation of Polynesian agronomy to a temperate environment.

Warren Gumbley has worked as an archaeologist for over 40 years and has a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. His principal areas of research interest are: The adaptation of Polynesian horticulture to Aotearoa/New Zealand, the development of pā, the archaeology of mission stations, and the archaeology of the Waikato  Land War of 1863-1864.

“Archaeology deals with the physical remains of what people have been doing, and often that’s associated with day-to-day activities: how people made a living, how they grew their crops, how they fished for eel, how they went about processing their food to eat and storing it, and what sort of houses they lived in,” said Warren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To book your place:

These events are free to Friends of Cambridge Museum. Book your place by contacting the Museum.